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
The book is roughly divided into two parts.
The book provides a clear and deep perception of basic concepts and techniques of numerical analysis that I hardly can find in texts on this subject matter.
A good example of this idea is Numerical Recipes in C, where you have both algorithms and their implementation.
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 I personally think It is an out-of-date book.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 7 days 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 7 months ago by Ptf T. Cosgrove
Hamming writes "The purpose of computation is insight, not numbers". Laudable sentiments, but does the book succeed? Read morePublished 8 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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This is a reference book. You need previous applied math background to use it. It will help point out a mathematical solution other than what you may have already tried.Published 11 months ago by Thomas
Its easy to understand most of the methods included, the math theory or explanation is quite easy to understand in most cases as oppossed to "Numerical Analysis" by L. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ssound
The book of excellent quality.
The product is important for my studies.
Use whenever you need to understand the science.
I have been teaching numerical analysis for a long time now. I bought this book based on the author's name. I was not surprised to find out that my decision was totally correct. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Magdy Saeb