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Programming for Computations - Python: A Gentle Introduction to Numerical Simulations with Python 3.6
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  • Title Programming for Computations - Python: A Gentle Introduction to Numerical Simulations with Python 3.6
  • Author(s) Svein Linge (Author), Hans Petter Langtangen (Author)
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd Edition (2020);
  • License(s): CC BY-NC 4.0 and Open Access
  • Hardcover 355 pages
  • eBook PDF (350 pages)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 303016876X (2nd Edition)
  • ISBN-13: 9783030168773 (2nd Edition)
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Book Description

This second edition of the well-received book has been extensively revised: All code is now written in Python version 3.6 (no longer version 2.7). In addition, the two first chapters of the previous edition have been extended and split up into five new chapters, thus expanding the introduction to programming from 50 to 150 pages

This book presents computer programming as a key method for solving mathematical problems. There are two versions of the book, one for MATLAB and one for Python. The book was inspired by the Springer book TCSE 6: A Primer on Scientific Programming with Python (by Langtangen), but the style is more accessible and concise, in keeping with the needs of engineering students.

The book outlines the shortest possible path from no previous experience with programming to a set of skills that allows the students to write simple programs for solving common mathematical problems with numerical methods in engineering and science courses. The emphasis is on generic algorithms, clean design of programs, use of functions, and automatic tests for verification.

This book is intended for novice programmers, especially students, teachers, engineers and scientists from areas related to mathematics and numerical mathematics. Each treated concept is illustrated and explained in detail by means of working examples.

This book is open access under a CC BY license 4.0.

About the Authors
  • Svein Linge is a professor of modelling and simulation at the University College of Southeast Norway and holds a Dr. Scient. degree in biomechanics from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.
  • Hans Petter Langtangen is a professor of computer science at the University of Oslo. He has formerly been a professor of mechanics and is now the director of a Norwegian Center of Excellence: "Center for Biomedical Computing", at Simula Research Laboratory. Langtangen has published over 100 scientific publications and written several books, including papers and the bestseller TCSE 6 "A Primer on Scientific Programming with Python", now in its 5th edition. He has also developed open source and commercial software systems for computational sciences.
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