[SciPy-user] Any Books on SciPy?

Steven H. Rogers steve@shrogers....
Wed Feb 28 05:29:38 CST 2007


Fernando Perez wrote:
> On 2/27/07, John Hunter <jdh2358@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 2/27/07, Robert Love <rblove@airmail.net> wrote:
>>> Are there any good, up to date books that people recommend for
>>> numerical work with Python?
>>>
>>> I see the book
>>>
>>>     Python Scripting for Computational Science
>>>     Hans Petter Langtangen
>>>
>>> Does anyone have opinions on this?  Is it current?  Are there better
>>> books?
>> I specifically do not recommend this book -- I own it but in my
>> opinion it is outdated and is more a collection of the author's
>> personal idioms than the current common practice in the scientific
>> python community.   For numerical work in python most people use
> 
> I happen to share John's opinion, and I also have a copy of this book.
>  While it's technically correct, well written and fairly comprehensive
> (probably /too/ much, since it's a bit all over the map), I strongly
> dislike his approach.  Much of the book uses his custom, home-made
> collection of scripts and tools, which you can only download if you go
> to a site and type a word from a certain page in the book (a simple
> 'protection' system).
> 

Concur with John and Fernando.  I found a copy in a local bookstore and 
bought it because it _is_ the only book covering the subject and I 
wanted to show that there is demand for such material.

# Steve



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