[Numpy-discussion] Opinions on the book H.P. Langtangen: Python Scripting for Computational Science, 2nd ed.

Bruce Southey bsouthey at gmail.com
Thu Mar 2 05:50:03 CST 2006


Hi,
I have the first edition which is very comprehensive on Python,
numarray and Numeric - note that by NumPy he is means only Numeric and
numarray and not the new numpy. If you have the basic of Python and
numerical computing then it is a great book as it cover many different
topics. For example, there is considerable detail on using Fortran and
C/C++ with Numeric and numarray including examples.

For the majority of the material in the book is still valid for the
new Numpy. He does provide a number of advanced topics in Python,
numarray and Numeric that are hard to find elsewhere.

If you are going to extensive numerical work then it is really worth it.

Bruce


On 3/2/06, Zdeněk Hurák <hurak at control.felk.cvut.cz> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Can anybody recommend the book:
>
> Python Scripting for Computational Science
> Series: Texts in Computational Science and Engineering, Vol. 3
> Langtangen, Hans Petter
> 2nd ed., 2006, XXIV, 736 p. 33 illus., Hardcover
> ISBN: 3-540-29415-5
>
> I am just a beginner in Python programming (but I master C, Matlab). I do
> research in applied numerical computing (oriented at control design). Is
> this a book for me? It is hard to guess just from the table contents. I
> especially doubt if the information on Numpy package is relevant at all
> with the wild development witnessed in the past recent months. However,
> peeling off these "numerical" parts, isn't buying some comprehensive Python
> book a better buy?
>
> Thanks for your tips,
> Zdenek Hurak
>
>
>
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