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Numerical Methods that Work (Spectrum) Paperback – December, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0883854501 ISBN-10: 0883854503

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Product Details

  • Series: Spectrum
  • Paperback: 565 pages
  • Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America (December 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883854503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883854501
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a wonderful book and I am glad it is back in print.' William Press, Harvard University

Book Description

This is a reissue of a classic originally published in 1970, with a new preface and some additional problems. Acton deals with a commonsense approach to numerical algorithms for the solution of equations: algebraic, transcendental, and differential. Part I discusses standard techniques: root finding, eigenvalues of symmetric matrices, and so on. Part II presents basic tools: extrapolation, removal of singularities, and loss of significant figures.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Philip Hobbs on August 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I love lore books, because they distill the wisdom of a leading practitioner of a field into something I can absorb without having to make all the same mistakes myself.
Numerical Methods that Work is a wonderfully candid and good-humoured lore book that I keep coming back to. Besides helping me stay out of trouble, it's such a fun read that I sometimes pull it down from the shelf to read like a novel.
This isn't really a numerical analysis textbook per se--you won't learn how to code the conjugate gradient method, or analyze a SVD routine for roundoff sensitivity, but reading it and making its attitude your own will make your programs better and (if you're like me) save you from lots of painful blunders.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1996
Format: Paperback
Forman Acton lucidly describes basic numerical methods.
The only topic not covered in this book is the solution of
systems of linear equations, although to some extent this is
treated in the sections on PDEs and eigensystems.

Generally speaking, he covers the concepts behind the
algorithms before introducing the algorithms themselves,
and does not confuse the reader with sophisticated
derivations.

For getting acquainted with numerical methods generally,
or as a starting point for deeper investigation, or as a
cookbook enabling the reader to quickly implement a method
in his program without becoming a numerical analyst, this
book is ideal.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1998
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I am an engineer and years ago I needed some crash training on numerical methods. A former teacher of mine recommended this book for self-study. It is an excellent starter book for someone who wants a gentle introduction to numerical methods.
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