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Applied Numerical Analysis 4th Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0201115833
ISBN-10: 0201115832
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Green is on the nursing faculty of Johnson County Community College in Kansas, where she teaches critical care and perioperative clinical nursing, renal, immunology, and critical care didactic nursing. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 733 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman Publishing Co; 4th edition (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201115832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201115833
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,320,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Using the text for self study, I was initially quite pleased. The layout is attractive, selection of topics appropriate and writing style generally clear. The applied problems are rather nice.

While the derivation of the methods and theory discussed is generally brief- the author does provide an adequate basis for a workable understanding. Exposition is appropriate (perhaps even good) for an 'applied' book.

I did, however, find the work somewhat uneven: the Newton Cotes section, for example, was a little more disorganized than I would have liked. Some simple rearrangement and grouping of thoughts would have already helped to clarify many of the ideas. Surprisingly, the previous (6th) edition seems to have done a better job in this particular case.

In any event, my largest issue with the book is the staggering number of errors. I don't use the term lightly. I've read many technical books that have a minor typo here or there: it's natural. With Applied Numerical Analysis there appears to have been little proof-reading at all!

In Chapter 3 alone I've noted more than 10 problems: some more than simple typo's. This is unacceptable for a technical work!

I spent a great deal of time and effort trying to understand many of the discussions only to eventually realize that the cause of my frustration was a fault in the text. Besides the wasted effort, this had the knock-on effect that I began to doubt everything that seemed the least bit confusing.

Publishers should be reprimanded for such lax quality control.

If you do intend to use this book, I would recommend that you try to find a comprehensive list of errata somewhere.
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Format: Paperback
I've owned a copy of this since I was an undergrad back in the late 1970's when it was just in its second edition. I haven't seen a book dedicated to the teaching of numerical analysis that explains algorithms more clearly. The authors go into great detail not just on the how's but the why's - the motivation of doing things a certain way. Strangely enough, though, the numerous mistakes just get worse with age, not better. My old original second edition printed in 1980 has relatively few errors. This seventh edition has errors to the point of distraction. If you must have this for a text you might want to also pick up a copy of the very economical Introduction to Numerical Analysis: Second Edition (Dover Books on Advanced Mathematics) by Hillebrand. It's an oldie but a goodie. If you think Gerald's text is in error look up the topic in Hillebrand and insure you understand the topic. Chances are you do and there is a numerical error in Gerald's text that contradicts your own correct understanding. Finally, any student of numerical analysis simply must have a copy of Numerical Recipes 3rd Edition: The Art of Scientific Computing. That one is more of the "give a man a fish" variety and has the source code and some explanation, but is by no means a textbook.

Oddly enough the table of contents is not included in the product description for this book, so I show that next just so you'll know what you're getting

0. Preliminaries.
Analysis versus Numerical Analysis.
Computers and Numerical Analysis.
An Illustrative Example.
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Non-linear equations and interpolation were the issues I was hunting down when I purchased the book and I found these subjects in more logical order than most texts. For some silly reason, most start with interpolation; this one starts with nonlinear equations and linear systems in chapters 1 and 2.

A little disappointed not to see Laguerre's method for non-linear equations, nor Hermite interpolation for even one derivative. But numerous problem and MatLab projects make this an excellent first text.
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This has been the best numerical analysis book that I have ever seen. The author does a brilliant job and explains concepts with extreme clarity. With this book, there isn't even any need of sitting in a professor's lecture. The book that my university uses sucks so bad, there's not 1 thing I could understand. Relying on that would have flunked me, yet that useless book costs over $100 and this remarkable book only cost me $20. It may be a 1994 edition, but even 2005 edition books on numerical analysis fail to meet its quality. Definitely a lifesaver for me.
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Format: Hardcover
I have been using this book since the first edition in 1970. I have just bought the last edition, from Amazon, and found three errors in the first chapter. It should be corrected. In figure 1.2 (pag 4), the end of l1 is not right.In the same page the third formula is not right, as it should show sqr(sin) instead of sin. In page 41, the first digit (d1) would always be 1, so IEEE 754 changed a little what is presented.
Even so I want to repit that this is very good book and I recommend it firmly.
Raymundo de Oliveira
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Format: Paperback
Nowadays with all the circuit and matrix computer aided systems out there, the basics of numerical methods gets overlooked. This book keeps to these fundamentals methods and is an excellent bridge between purely closed-form knowledge taught in schools and the open-form procedures quietly employed in most computer aided engineering systems.

Particularly fond of this text's discussion on boundary-value problems.
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