Mathematica: A Practical Approach

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Prentice Hall PTR, 1999 - Computers - 631 pages


"Nancy Blachman's book opens up the world of Mathematica. She has a down-to-earth lucid style of writing and real experience with the system. This belongs on your bookshelf." --William R. Hearst III

"Nancy Blachman's book is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to do serious work with Mathematica." --Hal R. Varian, Dean, School of Information Management & Systems University of California at Berkeley

"Many people that I know have asked me how to get started using Mathematica. I always point them to "Mathematica: A Practical Approach."--Dr. Henry Cejtin, One of the eight original Mathematica developers

"This book offers a systematic introduction to Mathematica for people who want to get up to speed quickly. It provides the best presentation that I have seen. It covers all important features of Mathematica thoroughly, with clear explanations, excellent examples, and challenging and instructive problem sets." --Dr. Cameron Smith, Author of "The Mathematica Graphics Guidebook"

"This book is very user-friendly. Not only did I use it to learn Mathematica, but I find myself using it to upgrade my skills." --Vrinda Kadiyali, Assistant Professor of Economics and Marketing Cornell's Johnson School of Management

There are over 100 books published about Mathematica. One of my personal favorites is "Mathematica: A Practical Approach."--Ian Collier, Member of Technical Staff Wolfram Research, Inc.

"Mathematica: A Practical Approach" is the most popular introductory tutorial book on Mathematica. It has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese. The new edition, is loaded with even more examples and exercises to get you up and running with Mathematica version 3!

This book teaches how to:

  • solve differential equations
  • solve partial differential equations
  • solve complicated integrals
  • create graphics, sounds and animations
  • write functional, rule-based & procedural programs
  • define palettes, buttons & hyperlinks
  • make your own packages
  • interact with the user & with files
  • plot functions and data
  • fit curves & doing data analysis
  • ...and much much more...

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Using Mathematica Interactively
Numerical Capabilities
Symbolic Capabilities

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About the author (1999)

NANCY BLACHMAN is one of the nation's leading Mathematica trainers. In 1989, after working at Wolfram Research Inc., Ms. Blachman founded her own company, Variable Symbols, Inc., to provide both individual and group training in Mathematica to scientists and engineers. She teaches classes in Mathematica at Stanford University and is an invited speaker at conference and workshops on Mathematica. She has written four popular Mathematica books. She holds degrees in mathematics, operations research, and computer science from the University of Birmingham (UK), the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University.

COLIN WILLIAMS has used Mathematica intensively since 1990 and has given numerous Mathematica tutorials to banks and engineering research labs. He recently co-wrote CalcLabs with Mathematica with Nancy Blachman, and Explorations in Quantum Computing with Scott Clearwater. Colin also teaches Mathematica at Stanford University. Colin holds a Ph.D. is artificial intelligence and advanced degrees in physics and atmospheric dynamics. He was a research scientist at Xerox PARC and a former research assistant to Prof. Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University.

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