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Richard W. Hamming: The Computer Icon
Richard W. Hamming (1915–1998) was first a programmer of one of the earliest digital computers while assigned to the Manhattan Project in 1945, then for many years he worked at Bell Labs, and later at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He was a witty and iconoclastic mathematician and computer scientist whose work and influence still reverberates through the areas he was interested in and passionate about. Three of his long-lived books have been reprinted by Dover: Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers, 1987; Digital Filters, 1997; and Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability and Statistics, 2004.
In the Author's Own Words:
"The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers."
"There are wavelengths that people cannot see, there are sounds that people cannot hear, and maybe computers have thoughts that people cannot think."
"Whereas Newton could say, 'If I have seen a little farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants, I am forced to say, 'Today we stand on each other's feet.' Perhaps the central problem we face in all of computer science is how we are to get to the situation where we build on top of the work of others rather than redoing so much of it in a trivially different way."
"If you don't work on important problems, it's not likely that you'll do important work." — Richard W. Hamming
Bought this book to replace hard cover textbook I somehow lost a while back. Serves as both a tutorial and reference and is well written. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A.N. Other
A very detailed explanation for numerical analysis. Context of this book is a bit old back to the 60s, nevertheless numerical theories are universally practical even in past,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lim Kai Wei
It only covers some parts of modern numerical methods used in engineering and scientific areas. I personally think It is an out-of-date book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ives
Very good purchase !
1) The book is in new conditition without any damage.
2) The book arrived very very quickly. Read more
Good background to many mathematical methods you routinely need in data processing. Some real examples would be useful? though this is essentially a text bookPublished 17 months ago by ProfTC
Hamming writes "The purpose of computation is insight, not numbers". Laudable sentiments, but does the book succeed? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sourendu Gupta
This is classic book of numerical methods.
Every technical student MUST read this book.
This book is base of modern numerical methods and
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