RE: best book to quickly master all Mathematica functions, and commands
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- Subject: [mg93236] RE: [mg93198] best book to quickly master all Mathematica functions, and commands
- From: "David Park" <djmpark at comcast.net>
- Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2008 05:04:57 -0500 (EST)
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The online Mathematica Help accessible from the menu! Start with Core Language, Overview. (You can also look at the Virtual Book and Function Navigator, accessible from the buttons on the upper left hand corner of any Help page. These are basically different organizations of the Help pages.) Read and type. Type a lot, trying out the various commands. First just copy the examples by typing and evaluating. Then try varying them. Experience is everything. After you have become familiar with the basic syntax and commands, try to 'fly solo' by working the simplest math examples you can find from a non-Mathematica book. It's important to start with simple examples so you can concentrate on Mathematica and not get stymied by the mathematics. I don't think anyone ever 'masters' Mathematica. There are too many things you can do with it. So use MathGroup. I'm always learning techniques and even basic things from the people here. No question is too simple or 'silly'. Although there are some reasonably good books out there, and you will get some recommendations, I don't think they have kept up with Version 6 and one cannot reproduce the interactive and dynamic capabilities of Mathematica in a printed book. David Park djmpark at comcast.net http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark From: stpatryck [mailto:stpatryck at gmail.com] Which book out there is the quickest way to master Mathematica in a month or so?