- Series: Texts in Computational Science and Engineering (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 872 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 4th ed. 2014 edition (August 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3642549586
- ISBN-13: 978-3642549588
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.8 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Primer on Scientific Programming with Python (Texts in Computational Science and Engineering) 4th ed. 2014 Edition
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“This is a book that can guide a student in a class. It would also work for a scientist or engineer who wants to learn programming in the first place or transition to Python from another language. An advanced Python programmer who wants to learn scientific computing, and who likes to learn through example code, could also use this book to learn scientific computing.” (Joan Horvath, Computing Reviews, February, 2015)
About the Author
Hans Petter Langtangen is a professor of computer science at the University of Oslo. He has formerly been a professor of mechanics and is now the director of a Norwegian Center of Excellence: "Center for Biomedical Computing", at Simula Research Laboratory. Langtangen has published over 100 scientific publications and written several books, including papers and a book on Python's potential for scientific computing. He has also developed open source and commercial software systems for computational sciences.
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It does however have its flaws:
- Way too many exercises have errors (e.g. traces from older versions of some exercises)
- The structure of the book is a bit confusing. A bit portion of it is appendices which I won't be spending a lot of time on, to name an example. However, those are easy to ignore (they just make the book heavier)
- My focus was to learn scripting and put Python into my engineering toolbox at work. Some parts of the book took me away from that objective (but fair enough, I am not blaming the book for this, at it is written for a variety of purposes)
- Some exercises seemed to rely on the person to have read the lecture notes from the author, which he presents when he himself teaches his students. Fair enough, they are available on the internet, but it would have been if the book was self-contained, i.e. that the exercises were solely based on the book text and no outside source
That said, for those who want to start from "square one", I can recommend the book. It did a great job with me.