Re: Books

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg4801] Re: Books*From*: gaylord at ux1.cso.uiuc.edu (richard j. gaylord)*Date*: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 23:51:24 -0400*Organization*: university of illinois*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

In article <51c4rj$9no at ralph.vnet.net>, "Seth J. Chandler" <SChandler at uh.edu> wrote: > hasmith at garnet.acns.fsu.edu wrote: > > > > In <508nuo$dp2 at dragonfly.wolfram.com>, Naish at pi.net (Martijn Smit) writes: > > >Hi There, > > > > > >As I'm rather new to the world of Mathematica, I've decided to make a > > >nifty jumpstart. [deleted] > > >my intrests go out to, beside the basics, simulation and solving > > >differential equations. [deleted] > For simulations, and generally, I would recommend Gaylord & Wellin, > Computer Simulations with Mathematica hi: i would suggest that for a beginner in the area of simulations, you look at "MODELING NATURE: Cellular Automata Simulations with Mathematica" first. the approach taken there requires MUCH less programming background than my first simulation book. note: the second book is not simply an extension of the firstbook. the first book is essentially a hodgepodge of interesting simualation programs, each with its own approach. in contrast, the second book presents as ingle unified approach to the type of simulation modeling known as cellular simulations. note: two biologists, took a one day course with me based on the CA book, and were able to start developing CA programs, one on honeybees and the other on ants immediately after taking the course.here's a comment one of them sent to the head of his reasearch group after "I had a very productive morning (actually 9-1 pm) with Richard. We sat down and got what I have in mind the simplest version actually working! I saw the graphics output and was impressed that it took so short a time to see something actually working" CA modeling with mathematica should allow you to get a jump start on doing simulations. -richard- -- "if you're not programming functionally, then you're programming dysfunctionally" ==== [MESSAGE SEPARATOR] ====