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Mathematica Cookbook 1st Edition

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"For those willing to spend the time, effort and money, Mathematica Cookbook is a worthy purchase for the discerning Mathematica user."
--Mike Riley - Dr Dobbs Code Talk

The Mathematica Cookbook does a good job of showing the wide range of capabilities of the Mathematica program... --Jerry Pournelle, Chaos Manor, The User's Column, August 2010, Column 360

[Mathematica CookBook] supplies a number of very nice examples with which to extend user expertise. --John A. Wass, Ph.D., Scientific Computing

About the Author

Sal Mangano has been developing software since the days Borland Turbo C and has worked with an eclectic mix of programming languages and technologies. Sal worked on many mission-critical applications, especially in the area of financial-trading applications. In his day job, he works mostly with mainstream languages like C++ and Java so he chooses to play with more interesting technology whenever he gets a chance.

Sal's two books (XSLT Cookbook and Math Mathematica Cookbook) may seem to be an odd pair of technologies for a single author but there is a common theme that reflects his view at what makes a language powerful. Both Mathematica and XSLT rest on the idea of pattern matching and transformation. They may use these patterns in different ways and transformations to achieve different ends but they are both good at what they do and interesting to program in for a common reason. Sal's passion for these languages and ideas comes through in both these cookbooks. He also likes to push technologies as far as they can go and into every nook and cranny of application. This is reflected in the wide mix of recipes he assembled for these books.

Sal has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cookbook
  • Paperback: 830 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596520999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596520991
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1. If you are new to Mathematica, this book is not for you. I have used Mathematica off and on for 10 years, so I know some of the basics that are omitted in this text.

2. This is for version 7. The current version is number 9. There are DEFINATELY compatibility issues in the examples. These can be overcome, but it will be frustrating if you don't have other books to refer to. If wolfram is going to change the syntax every 2-3 years, and the publishers keep selling old versions, people are going to get frustrated. Even microsoft-platform authors clearly put the version number on the cover. How much would you pay for a "new copy" of a software manual for Windows 3.1? Clearly, I should have looked more carefully when I bought it, but the publishers must know this is an issue.

3. The text says the code examples can be downloaded for free from the website. The website says you can download them for free from O'reilly. O'reilly wants $4.99. It shouldn't be this hard to get the support materials on a $50 book.

That stated, there are many nice examples in this text. It certainly beats the Rose and Smith Book (Version 4 from 2002).
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This book was very, very helpful in a place where mathematica can be lacking. Example code. I was writing database code for mining data. This was going extremely poorly. This book got me going with it. I have referred back to it several times. It has been a real gem. I had the PDF for free and still bought the hard cover. Seriously, the PDF was so helpful that I bought the book. There are two other must haves for use of Mathematica:

An Introduction to Programming with Mathematica, Third Edition

Mathematica Navigator: Mathematics, Statistics and Graphics, Third Edition

I would read An Introduction to Programming with Mathematica first. Excellent book. If you understand 50% of the book, you will fly with Mathematica. The material is very accessible. Then read/skim the Cookbook. Then skim the Navigator so you know what they have. Seriously, good books.

Paul
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I have examined excerpts from a few Mathematica books but none are satisfactory. This one helps, but not that much. I would like to find a book that helps me recreate thousands of lines of Matlab code in Mathematica. I prefer to create separate functions and build large programs from them. Mathematica programmers seem to want to create long strings with innumerable {} and [] that represent a procedure. The Mathematica approach is OK and may appeal to new programmers but I find it difficult to transition. It's difficult to find documentation on how to build libraries of functions and use them. This book doesn't do it.
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I am a brand new baby in using Mathematica, and am using Mathematica 8. This book starts off throwing out code, consisting of, relative to the absolute new guy, advanced work.

This book persistently uses the "cookbook" theme, so I'll give my review with this metaphor. I feel like the kitchen that the author expects is much more than is in the kitchen of a new programmer. I fortunately have taken a course in C, otherwise, I would have been utterly lost.

The other reviews of this book encourage that novice programmers and Mathematica users use this book as an advanced supplement with another more basic book on Mathematica. I fully agree.

However, the sections on plotting, customizing plots, and mathematical applications are very approachable and accessible. This book is not intended to teach one how to use Mathematica, but to add fine-tuned finishing touches.
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Wolfram's docs for mathematica are lacking in that they don't show a lot of instructive use cases for composing different language features. Most of the examples are very imaginative, but isolated to the function in question. Mangano does an excellent job providing a full set of instructive examples that will get your Mathematica gears spinning.
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