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101. Mathematical Applications the Management, Life, and Social Sciences by Ronald J. Harshbarger, James J. Reynolds  
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Book Description Intended for a twosemester applied calculus course or a twoterm course of finite mathematics and applied calculus, Mathematical Applications, 7/e, presents concepts and skills in an approachable way for students of varying abilities and interests. Applications cover diverse topics that are important to students in the management, life, and social sciences.
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102. Categorical Data Analysis (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics) by AlanAgresti  
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Book Description A valuable new edition of a standard reference. The use of statistical methods for categorical data has increased dramatically, particularly for applications in the biomedical and social sciences. Responding to new developments in the field as well as to the needs of a new generation of professionals and students, this new edition of the classic Categorical Data Analysis offers a comprehensive introduction to the most important methods for categorical data analysis. Designed for statisticians and biostatisticians as well as scientists and graduate students practicing statistics, Categorical Data Analysis, Second Edition summarizes the latest methods for univariate and correlated multivariate categorical responses. Readers will find a unified generalized linear models approach that connects logistic regression and Poisson and negative binomial regression for discrete data with normal regression for continuous data. Adding to the value in the new edition is coverage of:
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A classic, made even better Given the mathematical level and rigor, this is a remarkably clear book. Anyone who analyzes categorical data on a regular basis should read it and have it on his or her shelf.
Categorical Data Analysis
some day should be a Wiley classic This is the first book to take the regression approach to categorical data analysis tieing the subject to the methods and theory of the generalized linear models. It also was one of the first to show the modern practicality of exact permutation methods. The only drawback of this book is that it is 11 years old and there have been many interesting and relevant research developments in computerintensive methods, analysis of missing data and mixed effects linear models to make a revision useful. Some of the latest developments can be found in Lloyd's new book "Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data" that was recently published by Wiley. Agresti provides clear advice and also gives a nice historical perspective on the development of the subject. The book is authoritative and includes numerous relevant references. Each chapter contains many exercises and a wealth of practical examples for illustration of the techniques. This is a good text from both practical and theoretical perspectives. It is excellent for a graduate level course on categorical data analysis. ... Read more 
103. Introduction to the Mathematics of Financial Derivatives by Salih N. Neftci  
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The best intro book ever!
Good explanations, with serious handwaving
Good Book
Good book for the right audience
Notation Challenged If you have a good grip on the industry conventions relative to notation, and have seen the material before, you might understand this book. If not, you won't. Notation is: 1) frequently wrong; 2) used inconsistently; 3) used out of context (i.e., without foundation); 4) glued in as a concluding argument in a logically nonconvex way. The absence, misuse, abuse of time subscripts makes some of the arguments incomprehensible. Some arguments pursue a change of reasoning in probability space, then make a jump to an S.D.E. with industry standard notation, but so far out of scope, that the connections are not clear. As one example, if you: 1) know the underlying S.D.E., and if you ; 2) understand the connection between riskneutral probability and riskfree measure , and if you; 3) understand why a state variable is allowed to commute through an expectations operator because it is no longer stochastic (though why that might be so is not explained), then you will have a chance of understanding the author's argument connecting the transformation of synthetic probabilities to a standard S.D.E. Some words are capitalized to emphasize, rather than being defined. Sort of like going to a foreign country and shouting more loudly as a communication strategy ... Read more 
104. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife, Matt Zimet  
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A good summary Seiff has an engaging style and he doesn't talk down or talk above the reader. Although Seiff obviously is an expert in difficult math, he doesn't overwhelm you with equations or get too abstract. Even sections on trig and calculus are written in everyday language that you can easily follow. The book does begin to trail off at Chapter 78, from here much of the book seems like filler. I preferred "The Nothing That Is" (also about the zero number) a little because I was more interested in the history and that book covers it more, but Seiff still does a fine job here with history of zero, and his book is probably more useful for students trying to know how to use the zero and it's concepts for their math classes, especially figuring out the limit and other calculations.
A very engaging, interesting, and enlightening read Seife's book is a very engaging and enlightening read. Seife looks at how zero has become: the foundation for calculus (taking limits to zero), a revolutionary idea in art (3d drawings have a point of infinity to give depth perception...and infinity and zero are just different sides of the same coin), an important concept of the numberline, and many other places. Indeed, I have read this book many times, sometimes for a quick browse and sometimes for an indepth read, and it has always been a pleasure to read. Moreover, Seife is very knowledgeable in what he writes, and he brings a sense of humor as wellif you have ever read his article about the debate on cold fusion in 'Science' or 'Scientific American' (it was one or the other, its been a while since that article was published in the early 90s I believe) you'll see his sense of humor in his concluding paragraph (cold fusion or confusion anyone?). And in response to another review earlier, the reader said that in the appendix there was a proof where a=1 and b=1, and from the equation a^2  b^2 = a^2  ab it can be found that 1=0 by factoring the difference of squares and dividing by (ab). The reader commented that this is dividing by 0, that such an operation violates a fundamental law of algebra (cannot divide by zero), and that an editor should have caught it. The point is that Seife is showing WHY you cannot divide by 0, that the result is 1=0 and that logic and mathematics would be invalid. He is showing why zero may be a 'dangerous idea'! In conclusion, this book is superb in its writing and content. It lives up to what it was meant to do, to show the development of zero through history. It is clear, concise, and witty. You will not be disappointed.
Zero is fundamental
Jumbled mess of ideas Middle section of the book deals with zero in calculus, useful for any student toughing it out thru intro calc. But Seife gets too drawn in to all the goofy philosophical wanderings you can make about zero, he goes off on way too many tangents that don't make sense. Yes, you can't divide 1 by 0 and the number has a special role in most operations, but how do these properties threaten to bring down the whole framework of math (to paraphrase)? There's all kinds of talk about how zero and infinity are just two sides of the same coin why? The author tries to sound like a sage but doesn't make much sense with the claims on these pages. Whole thing comes apart in the last couple of chapters on physics, cosmology, and applied math which are slim on facts and chockfull of flowery language about how important zero is but where the author really doesn't back his claims. In fact, as the book goes on it seems to make less sense, as though it doesn't quite know what it's supposed to be saying as it moves farther afield from history and calculus. Why are these later chapters even here? They don't add anything and detract from the book's overall value.
Zero is not just a number, its a way of life 
105. Elementary Linear Algebra, Eighth Edition by Bernard Kolman, David R. Hill  
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Book Description This book presents the basic ideas of linear algebra in a manner that users will find understandable. It offers a fine balance between abstraction/theory and computational skills, and gives readers an excellent opportunity to learn how to handle abstract concepts. Included in this comprehensive and easytofollow manual are these topics: linear equations and matrices; solving linear systems; real vector spaces; inner product spaces; linear transformations and matrices; determinants; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; differential equations; and MATLAB for linear algebra. Because this book gives real applications for linear algebraic basic ideas and computational techniques, it is useful as a reference work for mathematicians and those in field of computer science. ... Read moreReviews (8)
very elementary, yet still hard to read I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone. It's pretty much garbage.
Another garbage book
Buy Another Book
Very Poorly Written
Bottom line: poorly written 
106. Calculus Single Variable 5th Edition (with CDROM) by James Stewart  
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Classic Math Text Perhaps this is not the author's fault. After all, writing a calculus text is no small feat. The authors of these books have to try to include every possible concept for fear that a math department or instructor will reject the book because it omits something or other. This means that you will get a little bit of everything, with a paltry few examples for each section. If you have a sadistic professor (aren't they all?), you may feel lost in trying to grasp calculus concepts from this book alone. Math texts are full of assumptions, often skipping steps along the way in the examples. Packed with lots of "Thus and therefores," this book will be a mystery to all but the few geeks who were members of the math or Star Trek club in high school. Definitely buy the solutions manual, as well as REA's "Problem Solver," "Schaum's Outlines," and "3000 Solved Problems." Good luck; you're going to need it.
This book is awful
Comprehensive textbook.
Stewart provides a firm ground for calc beginners Beginners often will find pure theory and proofs alien to their minds, as they are just trying to grasp how to apply what they are learning  like how they may go about obtaining derivatives and plotting periodic functions. Stewart handles this well: while providing a good theoretical background (he states theorems and proves most of them quite clearly and succintly) he does not inundate the wideeyed innocent with epsilons and other frightening Greek characters. Stewart stresses some very important and difficult concepts to grasp  like the many methods on integration involving 'guessing' substitution methods and others ways of integrating which involve understanding what the answer might be in advance by scanning the integral first, etc. Stewart also introduces some differential equations and has a wonderfully long section on series which stress their most useful applications  the convergence and divergence of series and the Taylor and Maclaurin series representations of functions. Stewart's text is clear and easy for the student to work through either in a class setting or independently. I should know  I taught myself Calc II (integration to series) using this book, and now I am doing quite well in advanced calc (integral transforms, partial differential equations, etc). Stewart sets the stage for success. This book can be easily used by students at any age who have had up to the level of trigonometry.
Went okay...Delivered on time! 
107. Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Sixth Edition by Allen R. Angel  
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Clear & simple steps given 
108. Calculus by Elgin H. Johnston, Jerry Mathews  
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109. Calculus, Early Transcendentals Brief Edition by Howard A.Anton, StephenDavis, IrlBivens  
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110. Finite Mathematics and Its Applications by Larry J. Goldstein, David I. Schneider, Martha J. Siegel  
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111. Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by AlbertLaszlo Barabasi  
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Dimensions and Implications of Global Interconnectedness As a nonscientist, I am unqualified to comment on much of the material which Barabasi shares. Perhaps he wrote this book for nonscientists such as I who nonetheless struggle to understand what Barabasi characterizes as the "mystery of life" which begins with the intricate web of interactions and thereby integrates the millions of molecules within each organism. "The enigma of the society starts with the convoluted structure of the social network....[For that reason] networks are the prerequisite for describing any complex system, indicating that complexity theory must inevitably stand on the shoulders of network theory. It is tempting to step in the footsteps of some of my predecessors and predict whether and when we will tame complexity." Given all that has been accomplished thus far with regard to disentangling the networks following the discovery of scalefree networks, Barabasi concludes, "Once we stumble across the right vision of complexity, it will take little to bring it to fruition. When [in italics] that will happen is one of the mysteries that keeps many of us going." Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out Mark Buchanan's Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks, Stanley Kaufman's At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of SelfOrganization and Complexity as well as The Origins of Order: SelfOrganization and Selection in Evolution, Steven Strogatz' Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, Duncan J. Watts' Six Degrees: the Science of a Connected Age, and Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science. I probably should add Ed Regis' The Info Mesa: Science, Business, and the New Alchemy on the Santa Fe Plateau. Regis devotes almost all of his attention to individuals and events who and which, over several decades, had a profound impact on essentially the same subjects as those discussed in the books previously recommended. Also, Regis examines in much greater detail than do the other authors how core concepts about networks and their complexity were introduced to the commercial marketplace by various entrepreneurs.
Great explanatory power! Our world is filled with complex networks, webs of highly connected nodes. Not all nodes are equal, however. In fact, in many realworld complex networks, there is a typical hierarchy of nodes (called a POWERLAW DISTRIBUTION). This means there are a few extremely well connected nodes (these are called HUBS), there are quite a few moderately connected nodes and there are large numbers of tiny nodes (having very few connections to other nodes). The Internet, for instance, has only several hubs  like amazon.com and Yahoo  and countless tiny nodes like my own website :(. The structure of networks with a powerlaw distribution is called a SCALEFREE TOPOLOGY. Such a scale free topology is found in networks that 1) are GROWING (extra nodes and links emerge), and 2) are characterised by PREFERENTIAL ATTACHMENT (this means that some links are far more likely to get linked than others). Preferential attachment, is driven by two factors: 1) the number of links the node already has (this is in fact the first mover advantage: a nodes that has been there since the early development of the network gets the biggest chance to get connected), and 2) the node's fitness (for instance a new website offering a truely unique service has an excellent chance to get many links). A fascinating characteristic of scale free networks is the following. The density of the interconnectivity paradoxically creates two properties at the same time: 1) ROBUSTNESS (removing nodes will not easily lead to the breakdown of the network, precisely because of the fact that all nodes are connected. Only simultaneous removal of the largest hubs will break down the network), and 2) VULNERABILITY TO ATTACK (because of the fact that all nodes are indirectely connected to each other failures, like viruses, can very easily spread through the whole network. This phenomenon is called 'cascading failures'. Reading this book made me realise that the recently acquired knowledge about networks is revolutionizing many fields of science, like biology, medical science and economics. Also, the practical applications will be numerous, like protecting the internet, fighting terrorist networks, finding a cure for cancer (!), and developing new organizational forms.
A complex world in simple words
A captivating read
Reduction to nodes and links I did not find the discussion of the rich get richer' very helpful because network theory at this stage deals only with static geometry, not with empiricallybased dynamics. In fact, the dynamics of financial markets have been described empirically accurately without using any notion of networking. In the text the phrase economic stability" is used but stability is a dynamic idea, and there is no known empirical evidence from the analysis of real markets for any kind of stability. The absence of dynamics on networks means that complexity is not described at all: there is nothing complex about the geometry of a static network! Suggesting that cell biology can be described by networking is empty so long as dynamics are not deduced from empirics. Nonempirical models of dynamics will probably not be of much use for making advances in understanding or treating cancer, e.g. Everything we know about cell biology and cancer was discovered via reductionism, by isolating cause and effect the way that a good auto mechanic does in order to repair a car. Unfortunately, the author lets his enthusiasm get the best of him when he proclaims laws of selforganization" and the need to go beyond reductionism. First, there are no known laws of selforganization". The only known laws of nature are the laws of physics and consequences deduced from the laws, namely, chemistry and cell biology. Worse, every mathematical model that can be written down is a form of reductionism. Quantum theory reduces phenomena to (explains phenomena via) atoms and molecules. All of chemistry is about that. Cell biology attempts to reduce observed phenomena to DNA, proteins, and cells. Believers in selforganized criticality try to reduce the important features of nature to the equivalent of sandpiles. Network enthusiasts hope to reduce phenomena to nodes and links. In order to try to isolate cause and effect, there is no escape from reductionism of one form or another, holism being an empty illusion. So I did not at all like the assertion on pg. 200 that globalization (via deregulation and privatization) is inevitable, because there is no law that tells us that it is. Summarizng: there is no complexity without dynamics, there are no known laws of selforganization", and reductionism is the only hope for doing science. Anyone who disagrees with this is welcome to explain to me and others the alternative (jmccauley@uh.edu). ... Read more 
112. Linear Algebra with Applications by Steven J. Leon  
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Book Description Renowned for thoroughness and accessibility, this book offers a challenging and enjoyable study of linear algebra that is infused with an abundance of applications. Balancing coverage of mathematical theory and applied topics, concepts are explained with precision so that all readers can understand the material. Worked examples are heavily integrated into each chapter. The book stresses the important role geometry and visualization play in understanding the subject. ... Read moreReviews (13)
Proofs: Simple, but not rigorous Reason to read book: Wanted a text to review proofs of many of the important theorems that are used in the matrix formulation of quantum mechanics. Stuff like why Hermitian matrices provide orthogonal eigenvectors and real eigenvalues. Also, wanted a review of vector spaces, basis sets, etc. That means pretty much most of the book. How much of the book I've studied: Most of the proofs in the entire book. Some of the worked problems. None of the exercises. Analysis: The book provides a comprehensive list of the useful proofs. However, the proofs are simple but not rigorous. They give you good insight on why the theorems are what they are, but they don't remove all doubt as to their validity.
Good Book for the Most Part
don't waste your money
Starts Off Great, Wears Down Leon's text on linear algebra isn't bad, but there is room for improvement. Chapters 1, 2, and 3 do a good job of introducing the basic concepts of linear algebra, including matrix row operations, determinants, and linear independence. The book seems to lose clarity beginning in Chapter 4. The concepts become more abstract and Leon's notation interferes with the ability to clearly understand what he is talking about when it comes to linear transformations and issues regarding R(A) and orthogonality. Very important results are frequently understated as well. In a few cases, there aren't enough examples to go around  especially in Chapters 4 and 5. It is ironic compared to the relative overexplanation found in Chapter 1, for example. Another qualm I have with this text is the chapter review sections, which are limited to MATLAB exercises and simple true/false questions. I think these sections need actual math problems devoted to them that force the reader to combine and use concepts learned in the preceeding chapter, rather than overly simple true/false questions. On the other hand, the homework problems the book offers for each section are fairly worded and interesting to solve. There is an answer section, of course, for the odd numbered exercises. Also, there are several "Application" sections that demonstrate how linear algebra is used in reallife scenarios that provide a relevance to this study, just so the casual student doesn't wind up wondering "Where am I ever going to use this?" The book is just okay, but it needs a really good professor to go along with it and elaborate on the concepts Leon either understates or fails to present clearly. On a side note, my book is only two years old (I bought it like new) and the binding is already falling apart.
Flawed, but conceptually complete. With the above statement, it seems that this book has everything going for it to be a fantastic linear algebra book. Unfortunately, it hits some pitfalls. Although its conceptually complete, it is very dense. ( a common math textbook pitfall) Places where explanations could have been expanded quite a bit are not. Being a very dense math textbook leads to the next problem. Leon's notation is unneccasarily formal for an introductory linear algebra text. It is quite fustrating getting used to notation before you get to the key concepts. (His notation is not often explained well enough.) Although I got passed the overlyformal notation and got to the meaty concepts, I can completely sympathize with others who get stuck on it and have absolutely *NO* clue what the author is trying to say. Let's face it, not everyone taking Linear Algebra is a math major (I for one am a physics major and there were quite a few engineering majors in my class.) Another pitfall of this book is the absolute decrepid writing style. Do not laugh when [someone] states that this book is boring and well "Just not fun..." because that statement is the truth! The writing style has a very sleepinducing tone, which is a shame because linear algebra is a very important topic and an interesting one. (With far reaching applications.) It is very difficult to describe... get through the book without much trouble and you will see what we mean. The only concrete example I could think of is the mindnumbingly dry explanation of vector spaces in the third chapter. In closing, this book does not need much to become a great linear algebra book. All the concepts are there, so the hard part is done. Hopefully Leon in the 6th edition will clean up the notation a bit and add some life into the explanations and writing style, this book could be an undergraduate linear algebra standard. ... Read more 
113. Statistics for Dummies by Deborah Rumsey  
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Book Description Statistics For Dummies is for everyone who wants to sort through and evaluate the incredible amount of statistical information that comes to them on a daily basis. (You know the stuff: charts, graphs, tables, as well as headlines that talk about the results of the latest poll, survey, experiment, or other scientific study.) This book arms you with the ability to decipher and make important decisions about statistical results, being ever aware of the ways in which people can mislead you with statistics. Get the inside scoop on numbercrunching nuances, plus insight into how you can
This downtoearth reference is chockfull of real examples from real sources that are relevant to your everyday life: from the latest medical breakthroughs, crime studies, and population trends to surveys on Internet dating, cell phone use, and the worst cars of the millennium. Statistics For Dummies departs from traditional statistics texts, references, supplement books, and study guides in the following ways:
Chances are, Statistics For Dummies will be your No. 1 resource for discovering how numerical data figures into your corner of the universe. ... Read more Reviews (4)
It's just okay
What Statistics for Dummies is About
Statistics for Dummies
More of a professional level 
114. Intermediate Algebra, Ninth Edition by Marvin L. Bittinger  
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Review from a college student
Great, thourough, easy to learn.
>>> online college credit course using this text <<< 
115. Geometry for Enjoyment & Challenge by Richard Rhoad, George Milauskas, Robert Whipple  
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116. College Algebra (with CDROM, BCA/iLrn Tutorial, and InfoTrac) by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, Saleem Watson  
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117. Practical Algebra: A SelfTeaching Guide, 2nd Edition by Peter H.Selby, SteveSlavin  
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One of the top math books written for beginners
Wonderful Refresher Course  Simplified, Painless Algebra
Comforting, useful, and even fun! The strengths of this book are its friendly, nonintimidating tone, its stepbystep format, and its thoroughness. I actually had fun with it, which was a surprise. This book is an excellent, cheap investment which will pay off many times if you really apply yourself and do the problems.
I've never studied Algebra before but I know it now
great book 
118. Numerical Recipes in C : The Art of Scientific Computing by William H. Press, Brian P. Flannery, Saul A. Teukolsky, William T. Vetterling  
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good book, bad policy
Check GNU Scientific Library first There is a VERY good alternative to Numerical Recipes in C, namely GNU Scientific Library. You can find the source code and manual from: http://sources.redhat.com/gsl/ or http://www.gnu.org/software/gsl As typical GNU software, GSL is licensed under GNU General Public License, so it is ABSOLUTELY free ! You can download it, modify it, linked it with your own code, without feeling guilty of copyright violation (Not in the case of NR, NR comes with a copyright license to prohibit modification and linking). GSL is written in C from scratch by its author. The design is modern, much better than NR in C, and also allowed linking with C++ or modern scripting language like Python. Some of the leading authors have background in theoretical physics and astrophysics, just like NR authors. Check it out. You lose nothing to check GSL first, you may ended up saving some $$$.
Excellent reference, but poor writing style and license The license for the code is just bad and I found it rather pointless, given the cost of the book (for me it's expensive; and I know it's downloadable). The authors should maybe reconsider this at a later stage... PS: The GNU Scientific Library implements most, if not all, of the NR routines. It might be worth checking out, since it's also in plain C.
Proprietary source the Achilles' heel for nonstudents Unfortunately, much of the source code in the 1993 C edition appears FORTRANish and is not very efficient as far as the C language goes (one would hope that improvements are coming in the new C edition, ISBN 0521574382). However, even the original FORTRAN NR routines occasionally adopted bizarre and/or obviously inefficient programming structures  over time I decided that this was probably done to make these algorithms appear as so not to obviously plagerize other published material. Many programmers try to get around this by reworking the NR codes. Apparently the authors consider modification of their sometimes inefficient code "derivative works" (even bug fixes) which cannot be legally redistributed or even used on more than one machine at a time without purchasing a new license or book. As a student, NR's legal disclaimers regarding derivative works never bothered me and I was willing to overlook the sometimes unpolished source code insofar as it functioned properly. But as a professional, I now find the lack of fairuse provisions on uncompiled, derivative source way too restrictive to rely on them in good conscience. I have since expanded my numerical methods library to other references supporting true publicdomain codes. With an expanded basis of comparison, I regret to say that I am becoming less and less impressed with NR's implementations and explanations. I am finding some of NR's algorithms to be inefficient or unnecessarily approximate, and  on rare occasion  buggy. There have been quite a few bugs uncovered over the years, although the NR web site has done a good job of keeping track of them. In closing, this book is excellent for students wanting a good reference for quick and dirty types of analyses or scientific computing. Professional programmers, scientists, engineers, specialists or analysts performing research would be well advised to reference this title, but ultimately they will likely need to rely other resources if they require efficient and/or unrestricted (publicdomain) source codes for their work.
Useful for fourier optics simulations 
119. Intermediate Algebra (4th Edition) by John Tobey, Jeffrey Slater  
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Clear, concise and comprehensive
Missing Steps 
120. A First Course in the Finite Element Method by Daryl L. Logan  
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Excellent first course in FEM This book is excellent for whom desires to learn on which basis FEMs work (undergraduate and graduate). ... Read more 
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