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Old 11-23-2009, 09:07 PM
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Default Books < $50

My wife is bugging me for ideas for Christmas. So I'm thinking about som
new books, but I have to stay under $50. Any good recommendations?

I'm thinking:
http://www.amazon.com/Numerical-Meth...d=DJ93X5METCEQ

or

http://www.amazon.com/Effective-Spec...d=DJ93X5METCEQ
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:28 PM
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On 23 Nov, 22:07, "rbb" <[email protected]> wrote:
> My wife is bugging me for ideas for Christmas. *So I'm thinking about some
> new books, but I have to stay under $50. Any good recommendations?


You mean she has $50 to spend on buying books for you?

If so, check out the inventory of Dover publications:

http://store.doverpublications.com/

Dover specializes in buying expired copyrights, and
re-issue books that have long since been out of print.
A fresh-from-the-print Dover book seldom sells for
more than, say, $30. Well, maybe $40, it's been a long
time since I last bought one - you get the idea.

The Dover books might be dated, but there is a real
chance of finding some gold nuggets you don't find
elsewhere.

Rune
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:38 PM
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>You mean she has $50 to spend on buying books for you?
>


Her family wants ideas on gifts for me, so yes.
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:11 PM
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On 23 Nov, 22:38, "rbb" <[email protected]> wrote:
> >You mean she has $50 to spend on buying books for you?

>
> Her family wants ideas on gifts for me, so yes.


Both the authors you suggested in the first post are good.

The Hamming book you suggested might technically be a bit
dated. Its useful value might be that he presents numerical
methods in a somewhat different way than present books do.
You will certainly not catch up with the state of the art
on numerics, but you might find that slightly off-beat
comment or perspective that turn out to help you conquer
whatever hurdles you are facing when reading contemporary
sources.

If you want a book by Hamming as a curiosum (is that a word?
Singular of 'curiosa'?), his book on Digital Filters

http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Filter...9013418&sr=1-2

might be a bit more interesting, although the same comment
about usefulness applies here. This book does contains a very
efficient recipe for computing the modified Bessel function
that is used to compute Kaiser windows, though.

The Meyers C++ book is a must-have for anyone working
with C++, so you might want to get that some time anyway.

Rune
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:21 AM
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rbb wrote:
> My wife is bugging me for ideas for Christmas. So I'm thinking about some
> new books, but I have to stay under $50. Any good recommendations?
>
> I'm thinking:
> http://www.amazon.com/Numerical-Meth...d=DJ93X5METCEQ
>
> or
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Effective-Spec...d=DJ93X5METCEQ


I'm a big fan of the Schaum's outline books. They're not necessarily
the very best books available on their subjects, but they're usually
pretty good introductory books and they're very inexpensive compared to
other technical books - typically less than $15.

One of my personal favorites - a "can't do without it" for me - is
"Schaum's Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables" by Murray
Spiegel. (I know, I know, the rest of you use the CRC math tables
book... And of course, those of you who are _true_ connoisseurs of math
tables own a bottle of Chateu Abramowitz and Stegun, 1964.)

Despite what I just said about pricing, Amazon currently lists the
Spiegel book for $112 (I dunno why any Schaum's book would go for that
much). However, they're showing it used for $11. I think I paid about
$13 for my second copy a few years ago at a Barnes and Noble or
somewhere. And I got my first copy at a garage sale for $0.50. (I also
picked up a very old and very small CRC book there since it only went
for a quarter. ;-)

However, as promised, the Schaum's DSP book on Amazon goes for $15. I
don't have that one, though, so I can't tell you if it's any good.

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Old 11-25-2009, 12:55 PM
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On 25 Nov, 03:21, Grant Griffin <[email protected]> wrote:

> And of course, those of you who are _true_ connoisseurs of math
> tables own a bottle of Chateu Abramowitz and Stegun, 1964.)


Not bottle - box.

Abramowitz & Stegun has been out in a ~$20 Dover edition
for decades already. But yes. I can easily understand why
you would prefer something else, if given a choise.

While comprehensive, A&S is not always all that comprehensible.

Rune
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