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Suggestions on graphics references?

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  • Subject: [mg6666] Suggestions on graphics references?
  • From: david at (David S. Pieczkiewicz)
  • Date: Wed, 9 Apr 1997 09:15:08 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Minnesota
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

   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
   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?


David S. Pieczkiewicz, B. A.                    david at
Health Informatics Program                      dsp3 at
Division of Health Computer Sciences            dsp3 at
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus     (612) 625-8440

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