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Mathematica Navigator: Mathematics, Statistics and Graphics, Third Edition 3rd Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0123741646
ISBN-10: 0123741645
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A general introduction to the popular mathematics software product, emphasizing graphics, methods of applied mathematics, and programming. Assumes no previous experience with the software, but at least some background in differential and integral calculus, equations, optimization, interpolation, approximation, differential and partly differential equations, probability, statistics, and the other mathematical functions described. The CD-ROM allows the entire text to be entered into the help system of ; it can be read with Windows, Macintosh, or Unix. Book News, Inc.r, Portland, OR

Praise for the 2nd Edition:

"Each [chapter] is a gem of clarity and concise application, but space limits the praise. If the book has any failings, it is in leaving the reader begging for more." - John A. Wass, Scientific Computing

"Novices or beginners who may be students of engineering, science or mathematics ... definitely needs Mathematica Navigator. ... Those who do not use Mathematica everyday, and may work with it for a period of time and then not again for several weeks or more ... finds that Mathematica Navigator is totally indispensable. ... Finally, some users are constantly working with Mathematica, probably teaching courses or writing programs ... should definitely have Mathematica Navigator. ... Run, do not walk, to get your copy." - Robert M. Lurie, Mathematica in Education and Research

"The present book is one of the best sources in many respects: its perfect layout, carefully thought-of exposition of the fine points of the software, sophisticated and illuminating examples that are all available on the accompanying CD-ROM. The topics discussed cover many topics which occur in the first two or three years of universioty curriculum in Mathematics such as calculus in single and several variables, linear algebra, differential equations, numerical analysis, partial differential equations." - Matti Vuorinen, Zentralblatt MATH

"The book is a must for all beginners in Mathematica, and a great help as a reference for those who already know Mathematica." - K. Waldhör, Computing Reviews

"... does a fantastic job at introducing Mathematica for the applied scientist. The book's use of Mathematica is slick, intelligent and comprehensive. It emphasizes Mathematica's strengths, and does it in the best possible way." - Joaquin Carbonara, Buffalo State University

"This is an excellent reference book that I would recommend to any one who is thinking about becoming (or already is) a serious user of Mathematica ... I am particularly impressed by the organization which allows a mathematician to approach Mathematica by specific mathematical topics rather than using the organization of Wolfram's Mathematica Book. In addition, I find that the text is clearly written and the examples are well-chosen." - Bill Emerson, Metropolitan State University

"There is a great need for this book. The outstanding feature of Mathematica Navigator is the great variety of Mathematica programs." - Mike Mesterton-Gibbons, Florida State University

"Mathematica Navigator is packed with excellent examples ... an invaluable companion to any textbook for most Mathematica-enriched courses." - Fred Szabo, Concordia University --John A. Wass, Scientific Computing

Book Description

Part tutorial and part handbook, this title shows beginners how to use recent Mathematica versions --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 3 edition (March 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123741645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123741646
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This comprehensive volume covers many topics. Indeed, I would probably call it the most COMPREHENSIVE yet GENERAL text on the inner workings of the Mathematica program. For instance, Dr. Ruskeepaa treats the topic of 4 dimensional graphics, and I have not found that topis highlighted in any text. Furthermore, when it comes to specific mathematical models, such as difference equations, more information is located in this volume that anywhere else [except perhaps the on-line MathSource Mathematica Library]. Dr. Ruskeepaa's book not only demonstrates the basics in each category, but goes beyond what other resources have taught me. I highly recommend this book! Additionally, the CD-ROM which accompanies the book is quite handy. Lastly, I have had occaision to ask Dr. Ruskeepaa specific questions, and he has been MORE THAN HELPFUL and PUNCTUAL in providing me with solutions from his vast Mathematica knowledge. FIVE STARS -- better than any Mathematica book [I've seen most Mathematica books about graphics, physics and science; and programming].
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The positive reviews were right on the money, this book is the best! It allowed me to start using Mathematica with ease, compared to the many hours of past frustration while working on optimizations. I fought endlessly, struggling to decipher the software's baroque navigation, cryptic errors, hostility to the user which borders on abuse - but now Mathematica and I are becoming great friends thanks to Heikki Ruskeepaa's wonderful tome. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS BOOK!!!
Of particular benefit is the guidance s/he provides for best practices in formatting cells to avoid common, productivity-killing pitfalls.
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I have many books on Mathematica and use Mathematica a lot to do both symbolic and numerical calcualtions. This book is the best I have seen. I would recommend it to anyone using Mathematica for serious symbolic or computational work. If you are looking for a book about applied mathematics and numerical methods with Mathematica this is the one. The treatment of the graphical capabilities of Mathematica is complete and very useful. The only minor criticism I would have for this book is that it has no unsolved exercises and problems. However the examples presented are excellent. I have the highest regard for the author of this book. He has produced a superb piece of work!
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Mathematica is an excellent program, with good built-in and online documentation - although many feel the Documentation Centre in version 6 is not as good as the Help Browser in version 5.2. But sooner or later you will find a problem for which the official Mathematica documentation does not help. The program can then be very frustrating, as the syntax is complicated and error messages can be very cryptic. Help online is painfully slow, as the official resource, the news group comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica (Mathgroup), is moderated, so help requests have to be approved before they will appear. (The newsgroup sci.math.symbolic is sometimes helpful and since its not controlled by Wolfram Research, posts appear immediately). Hence Mathematica users will need one or more good books - more so than with other similar programs such as Maple or Matlab.

In addition to the book Mathematica Navigator by Ruskeepaa, I own several other books on Mathematica, including:
* The Mathematica Book, Fifth Edition by Stephen Wolfram
* The Mathematica Guidebook: Programming by Michael Trott.
* The Mathematica GuideBook for Symbolics (w/ DVD) by Michael Trott.
* Schaum's Outline of Mathematica by Eugene Don
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As another reviewer has already pointed out, much of the material in this book is just a rehashed version of the Mathematica v6.0 documentation -- written by someone with a rather quirky grasp of English as a second language. However, Mathematica is now up to version 8, so the book is already out of date. Given that "Mathematica Navigator" is nothing but a feature-by-feature overview of Mathematica, it's not clear what value it offers.

In comparing the third edition of "Mathematica Navigator" to a friend's copy of the second edition, I also noticed that the publisher has significantly decreased the size of the typeface used in the body of the text. This appears to be the publisher's strategy for including extra topics without adding many extra pages. Unfortunately, it makes the book very painful to read.

At first glance, "Mathematica Navigator" gives the impression of being useful, but after reading it, the truth becomes clear: It's just the Mathematica documenation repackaged, printed in a typeface guaranteed to induce eye strain.
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