- Series: Dover Books on Mathematics
- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 2nd Revised ed. edition (March 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486652416
- ISBN-13: 978-0486652412
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (Dover Books on Mathematics) 2nd Revised ed. Edition
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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
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Top customer reviews
That being said, overall I think this is the best numerical methods book Ive found so far. If you want a very complete book which include less common topics get Numerical Analysis by L. Burden, otherwise this book by R.W. Hamming is Just great!!!!!
The book can be read by anyone with graduate level math background: calculus, linear algebra and ordinary differential equations. Previous knowledge of numerical analysis is not required, the first chapters cover the basics extremely well.
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Taught myself from this book at the behest of my PI, loved the presentation of material, and algorithm explanation was very straightforward.