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Numerical Recipes in Pascal: The Art of Scientific Computing

Series: Numerical Recipes

By: WH Press, BP Flannery, SA Teukolsky and WT Vetterling

760 pages, Figs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jan 1991 | #50143 | ISBN: 0521375169
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Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing was first published in 1986 and became an instant classic among scientists, engineers, and social scientists. In this book the original, time-tested programs have been completely reworked into a clear, consistent Pascal style. This represents a significant improvement to the immensely successful programs contained in the first edition, which were originally written in Fortran. The authors make extensive use of pointers, dynamic memory allocation, and other features utilized by this language. The explanatory text accompanying the programs replicates the lucid, and easy-to-read prose found in the original version, and incorporates corrections, improvements, and explanations of special Pascal features. The product of a unique collaboration among four leading scientists in academic research and industry, Numerical Recipes in Pascal fills a long-recognized need for a practical, comprehensive handbook of scientific computing in the Pascal language. The book is designed both for the Pascal programmer who wants exposure to the techniques of scientific computing, and for the working scientist, social scientist, and engineer. The scope of the book ranges from standard areas of numerical analysis (linear algebra, differential equations, roots) through subjects useful to signal processing (Fourier methods, filtering), data analysis (least squares, robust fitting, statistical functions), simulation (random deviates and Monte Carlo), and more. The lively, informal text combined with an underlying degree of mathematical sophistication makes the book useful to a wide range of readers, beginning at the advanced undergraduate level.

This book is indispensable to anyone who wishes to employ numerical techniques quickly and confidently without becoming an expert in applied mathematics. Journal of Nuclear Medicine "Anyone who is numerate will read it with profit; anyone who is literate will read it with satisfaction; and anyone who has a sense of humor will read it with real enjoyment." Observatory "Truly impressive is the insight the authors offer throughout into various aspects of the numerical methods presented." Physics Today "There is no way that this review can even begin to convey the truly immense amount of material that is in this book." Technometrics "Splendid text and reference on the art of scientific programming. As a sourcebook of important algorithms and their background information, proceeds effortlessly from the math and theory to the over 200 practical Pascal routines." Computer Book Review "It really still remains a gold mine for those who need ready solutions to computing problems...You might well ask, 'do we really need another version whose text is unchanged but where the algorithms are presented in Pascal rather than in FORTRAN?' The answer is 'yes' if you, like me, are a Pascal programmer." Geological Magazine "...a 'toolbox' for people in the sciences and engineering who frequently work with numbers." American Scientist "I would recommend this text, or any of the series, to scientific programmers." Physics in Canada "The book's virtues are that it lists important topics from numerical analysis that may be of interest to scientists and engineers. It gives a summary of the philosophy behind each of the methods discussed and a bibliography so that one can find out more." Computing Reviews "This is a phenomenal effort. Virtually anyone involved in scientific computing, from engineers, to physicists, to social scientists, will find information and methods applicable to their specific needs, or helpful subroutines that can be inserted into the reader's existing programs...No matter what language you program in, these packages are classics, both as a textbook or reference. They are an essential and valuable addition to the academic, professional, or personal library." Internet


1. Preliminaries; 2. Solution of linear algebraic equations; 3. Interpolation and extrapolation; 4. Integration of functions; 5. Evaluation of functions; 6. Special functions; 7. Random numbers; 8. Sorting; 9. Root finding and nonlinear sets of equations; 10. Minimization or maximization of functions; 11. Eigensystems; 12. Fourier transform spectral methods; 13. Statistical description of data; 14. Modeling of data; 15. Integration of ordinary differential equations; 16. Two point boundary value problems; 17. Partial differential equations; Appendices; Table of program dependencies.

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