Programming with Mathematica®: An Introduction 1st Edition
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- ASIN : 1107009464
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (February 25, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 728 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781107009462
- ISBN-13 : 978-1107009462
- Item Weight : 3.73 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Other material I've looked at are reference books, whether large or small, free off the internet as PDF or various tidbits. With Mathematica's online documentation, they give you all the parts but never show how they all can be used together.
Mathematica programming requires that you see the computational world from its perspective. And its perspective is quite different from the typical programming languages.
Thanks Anyway especially for the Great Price!
Sometimes the online documentation for Mathematica just doesn't do it. This book helps fill that gap.
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However, as an introduction to the essentials of programming with Mathematica, it is excellent, and is particularly helpful in explaining the differences between Mathematica® and other languages. The author also introduces new topics using full notation and avoids the Mathematica shorthand that makes code much shorter but also much more difficult to comprehend. The differences between symbolic and numerical computing are made clear and the numerous worked examples and problems are especially relevant and useful.
I also have copies of Stephen Wolfram’s “The MATHEMATICA ® Book”, Version 5, and Heikki Ruskeepaa’s “Mathematica Navigator”, Third Edition. The former is now out of date, stopping at Mathematica version 5, and Paul Wellin is much more successful than Stephen Wolfram at explaining how to actually use Mathematica. “Mathematica Navigator” is a very good general reference and covers more Mathematica features, such as the data functions, but is basically written about Mathematica version 6, with addenda to cover version 7, and is not as good at explain the fundamentals of Mathematica programming.
None of these books provides a comprehensive reference to some very important features of Mathematica, and its own documentation is also deficient in these areas. Mathematica can import and export data from a very broad range of sources and in a wide range of formats, but actually processing imported data in a Mathematica notebook, or preparing data for export, must frequently be learned by trial and error. Similarly, of the more than 3000 functions in Mathematica, only the mathematical functions are explained in more than perfunctory detail, and then on a separate website, whilst general data functions, such as Country Data, Financial Data and Weather Data, have only rudimentary descriptions. These general references, descriptions and explanations may be outside the scope of an introduction to Mathematica programming, but there is an unfulfilled need for a set of books covering the broader aspects of Mathematica, and Paul Wellin has shown that he could be ideally qualified to satisfy that need.
Die Dokumentation von Mathematica beitet nicht eine so schöne Einführung. Das Buch entwickelt den Stoff und die Kapitel entwickeln den Leser. Man kann es recht schnell lesen, fand ich.
Naja, und dann habe ich mir die richtigen Beispiele aus den Mathematica Demonstrations Projekten ausgesucht. Das bringt dann natürlich einen ganz anderen Schub, weil man Programmieren wohl kaum vom Lesen lernt. Das geht dem Buch aber nicht wirklich ab. Buch bleibt eben Buch. Das hier ist nur zu teuer.