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A Friendly Introduction to Numerical Analysis Paperback – Apr 26 2005

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I like this book very much Jan. 19 2014
By Monica Selva Soto - Published on
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I use this book for my lectures on numerical analysis for engineers, it is full of beautiful examples, I like it a lot.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Waste of money April 4 2012
By William Garlow - Published on
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It is nearly impossible for me to convey the degree of pain associated with trying to read this book. For a book entitled, A friendly introduction, it is anything but friendly. While the material may be of introductory level, in the field of numerical analysis, to someone with a general college math background, this book is just ... confusing. It makes rapid jumps and moves through topics very quickly with few examples. Given time and background, you can pick up on where the author went, but for "a friendly" introduction, it is a waste. I have seen most of the concepts presented in this book scattered through my other math books, whose examples are clearer and easier to follow. If you wish to explore this field of math, start somewhere else.

The author would have done better to limit the topics and give more detailed explanations of each, instead of trying to cram a taste of the entire field into one .... door stop.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Waste of Time March 30 2012
By Paul T. Cusack - Published on
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I purchased this text for a computer science class on computational methods. I had studied Numerical Methods before and wanted a refresher. This book was not the solution. Besides the poor binding for such a thick book which is not page loose, the book is an incoherent rambling of mathematical symbols that puts down no simple laws or understandable examples. I read 200 pages before I finally gave up on trying to learn something from it. I can't think of for whom this book would be useful.I suggest you try a book on Linear Algebra which you'll likely find at a good university library. You might actually learn something. Avoid this overpriced book.
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Horrible binding. Sept. 3 2012
By JC - Published on
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Normally I'd say this book is 2 stars. The online content from the website (included in the intro) made it bearable. But the construction of this book is horrible. I went through 3 during the semester (2 replacements from manufacturer). Pages would fall out if you even TRY to open it all the way; so reading it was a trick with it's horrible binding.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great reference book, awful binding March 29 2013
By Sam Currie - Published on
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I used this book as a reference for a CFD course on model PDE's up through Navier-Stokes. Great, great reference but the binding is absolutely awful. Listen to every other review on this one. Buy a new copy of the book for an extra $12 so don't have to worry about it.