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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Dover Ed edition (27 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486428095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486428093
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dawn of Dynamic Programming Richard E. Bellman (1920–1984) is best known for the invention of dynamic programming in the 1950s. During his amazingly prolific career, based primarily at The University of Southern California, he published 39 books (several of which were reprinted by Dover, including Dynamic Programming, 42809-5, 2003) and 619 papers. Despite battling the crippling effects of a brain injury, he still published 100 papers during the last eleven years of his life. He was a frequent informal advisor to Dover during the 1960s and 1970s. Professor Bellman was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1979 "for contributions to decision processes and control system theory, particularly the creation and application of dynamic programming." The IEEE citation continued: "Richard Bellman is a towering figure among the contributors to modern control theory and systems analysis. His invention of dynamic programming marked the beginning of a new era in the analysis and optimization of large-scale systems and opened a way for the application of sophisticated computer-oriented techniques in a wide variety of problem areas ranging from the design of guidance systems for space vehicles to pest control and network optimization." In the Author's Own Words: "There are many questions that are difficult to answer, but hardly worth asking. The well-trained mathematician does not measure the value of a problem solely by its intractability. The challenge is there, but even very small boys do not accept all dares." "Scientific developments can always be made logical and rational with sufficient hindsight. It is amazing, however, how clouded the crystal ball looks beforehand. We all wear such intellectual blinders and make such inexplicable blunders that it is amazing that any progress is made at all." — Richard Bellman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2006
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This old book is a standard reference in almost all serious telecoms books and thanks to Dover for making it available and at a cheap price too. Heavy going mathematically in parts but it gives you the basic grounding in a number of the routing algorithms in use today in networks big and small.
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a classic one 27 Nov. 2008
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The book is just a classic piece of historical. It is probably not the best book on optimal control available, because of large progress since this seminal work was published, but anyone interested in optimal control should definitely consider spending that little money, just to have it.
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A classic book on Dynamic Programming 23 Sept. 2008
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It's a classic book on Dynamic Programming by its own creator, Richard Bellman. The mathematical models are always supported by good examples. However, the mathematical formalism is hold and quite different from what someone can find in the more modern references.
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Five Stars 27 Nov. 2014
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A good classic.
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Great book! 12 Jan. 2012
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This was a Christmas gift for my son (a PHD student) to be used as research and Kiel as a reference. He loved it and was pleased with the great condition of the book! Would make another purchase without hesitation! Thanks.
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