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Re: Books

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  • Subject: [mg4742] Re: Books
  • From: hasmith at
  • Date: Mon, 2 Sep 1996 01:51:30 -0400
  • Organization: Florida State University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

In <508nuo$dp2 at>, Naish at (Martijn Smit) writes:
>Hi There,
>As I'm rather new to the world of Mathematica, I've decided to make a
>nifty jumpstart by buying the best book in town. Problem is though
>that there're some books around, and 1 of them is the best.
>Could anyone tell me the title of that particular book? I'm a student
>astrophysics at the state university Groningen, Holland and my
>intrests go out to, beside the basics, simulation and solving
>differential equations.
>Martijn (Naish at
Well obviously you are going to get a lot of different ansswers. Here is my 2
cents worth. I think 2 books are what you need:
1. Mathematica By Example - rev. ed. Abell and Braselton
2. Differential Equations With Mathematica - Abell and Braselton
The first gives a good overview of using Mma to solve a wide variety of
problems including a short section on ODEs and PDEs. The second book is
essentially a full course on ODEs with a section on PDEs. Everything normally
taught in a good year long course is here with plenty examples of how to
implement them in Mma. I have found both *very* helpful. Let's see what
others think!


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