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Re: Any Mathematica 6 book yet?

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg81426] Re: Any Mathematica 6 book yet?
  • From: "Christopher J. Henrich" <chenrich at monmouth.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 04:29:31 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <fd2gfu$sc7$1@smc.vnet.net>

In article <fd2gfu$sc7$1 at smc.vnet.net>, AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
wrote:

> Has any general-purpose, moderately detailed, high quality handbook / 
> textbook / reference book on Mathematica 6 for a general audience of 
> Mathematica users -- one that's written for Mathematica 6 from the 
> ground up, not just hastily converted from some older Mathematica 5.2 
> edition -- appeared *yet*?
> 
> {And given what I suspect the answer is, why the h-ll not?!?]
> 
I don't speak for WRI, or indeed for anyone except possibly myself; but
here are some answers.

1. It would be one hell of a lot of work.

2. The sheer size of the resulting book would limit its value. I have
the book that I received with Mathematica 3.x, and it is the biggest
computer-related doorstopper on my shelves. 

3. The on-line help facility meets more than half of the need for a
Mathematica book, namely reference. The other part, which is elementary
to advanced tutorials, is being met by numerous books, many of which
are up to date as of Mathematica 5.0

 I would like to see (and would probably buy) updated editions of these
three books:

Roman Maeder, /Programming/ /in/ /Mathematica/ . The third edition
appeared in 1996. 

David B. Wagner, /Power/ /Programming/ /with/ /Mathematica/ - /the/
/Kernel/ . also 1996.  ABEbooks lists three copies of this one , prices
ranging from $100 to over $500.  (gasp) (This one came with a floppy
disk.)

Stan Wagon, /Mathematica/ /in/ /Action/. second ed. 1999.

-- 
Chris Henrich
http://www.mathinteract.com
God just doesn't fit inside a single religion.


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