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Numerical Methods that Work (Spectrum) 1St Edition Edition
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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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I taught Numerical Analysis, I always offered a graded series of problems for the take-home final: routine, hard, and "impossible," because the numerical methods that... Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Gene B. Chase
Excellent book as an intuitive approach to numerical methods.
My only complain is that there seems to be a mistake on the solution of the "Railroad Rail Problem"... Read more