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Re: Suggestions on graphics references?

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  • Subject: [mg6727] Re: [mg6666] Suggestions on graphics references?
  • From: jpk at
  • Date: Sat, 12 Apr 1997 02:16:19 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi David,

At first, the book of Tom Wickham-Jones is really excelent. Since he
is one of the developers of Mathematica 3.0 he had first access to Mma 3.0
and You found numerours statements in his book
"this will not work with Mathematica 2.2 or earlyer ...".

So his book covers Mathemetica 3.0 -- as long as You are only interested in

The graphics has not changed so dramaticaly. You can check it with You
Help Browser

Build-in Functions | New in Version 3.0 | Graphics and Sound 

As long as You are making graphics (not typesetting, 
not typsetting in graphs) there are probably no changes. You can 
read both books and benefit.

Hope that helps 

> From david at Wed Apr  9 19:02:05 1997
> Date: Wed, 9 Apr 1997 09:15:08 -0400 (EDT)
> From: david at (David S. Pieczkiewicz)
To: mathgroup at
> To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg6727] [mg6666] Suggestions on graphics references?
>    I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts concerning the utility of
> some of the Mathematica graphics reference books on the market. Two of them
> have caught my eye lately: the one by Wickham-Jones ("Mathematica
> Graphics"), and the one by Smith and Blachman ("Mathematica Graphics
> Guidebook").
>    I suppose what I'm most concerned about is how up-to-date they are. Both
> seem to refer to 2.2, and I now work with 3.0. From what I can see so far,
> it looks like not much has changed in the way graphics work between these
> versions (unlike previous versions, apparently). Would I be spending money
> usefully by picking up one of these books? Or should I just stick with the
> Mathematica Book itself?
>    Of course, a lot of it would depend on what I plan to *do* with
> graphics. Basically, I want a general understanding of how they work in the
> context of Mathematica, with the intent of incorporating what I learn into
> specialized packages, etc. While the Wolfram text makes a good reference,
> I'm sure it's not as expository or tutorial-oriented as the more
> specialized books.
>    Any comments?
> Thanks,
> Dave...
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> David S. Pieczkiewicz, B. A.                    david at
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> Division of Health Computer Sciences            dsp3 at
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