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Re: Re: Any Mathematica 6 book yet?

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  • Subject: [mg81453] Re: [mg81426] Re: Any Mathematica 6 book yet?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 21:19:11 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <fd2gfu$sc7$1@smc.vnet.net> <200709230829.EAA02281@smc.vnet.net>
  • Reply-to: murray at math.umass.edu

I'd add a fourth book to the list, although it would doubtless be more 
basic:

Jerry Glynn and Theodore Gray, The Beginner's Guide to Mathematica 
Version 6.   The Version 4 edition was published 2000.

Christopher J. Henrich wrote:
> 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.
> 

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