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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for scientific Pascal or Delphi programmers
This book has been extreamly useful and I have often used the routines found in the chapters on random numbers, and special functions (Gamma, Poisson, Binomial, F, Chi-Square, and more). Most mathematical-statistical packages nowadays do have the routines found in this book built in, but for construction of your own package, this is just what you need. With a minimal...
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3.0 out of 5 stars good but not really useful
The algorithms given and explained in this book are good, but nowadays most of them are contained in any standard numerical software (such as Matlab).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for scientific Pascal or Delphi programmers, 7 Dec 1999
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This review is from: Numerical Recipes in Pascal (First Edition): The Art of Scientific Computing (Hardcover)
This book has been extreamly useful and I have often used the routines found in the chapters on random numbers, and special functions (Gamma, Poisson, Binomial, F, Chi-Square, and more). Most mathematical-statistical packages nowadays do have the routines found in this book built in, but for construction of your own package, this is just what you need. With a minimal amount of effort the code will port to Delphi.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Computing for Dinosaurs, 11 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Numerical Recipes in Pascal (First Edition): The Art of Scientific Computing (Hardcover)
As a programming dinosaur, I am grateful for a reference book that talks to me about advanced math programming in my native language. A non-computer science major in college, I learned to program in an introductory Pascal class and didn't go back to it for a few years. So, although I've accreted a few programming languages in the decades since, it feels like going home to read an algorithm in Pascal. This book is on my shelf for the times I need to step through a stat or math algorithm to understand it a little better.

The authors intended the book as a reference for more active programmers, and it is structured accordingly. The Table of Contents helps readers quickly find procedures of interest or--just as important--establish that they are not covered. The book begins with linear algebra and progress through topics of increasing complexity to partial differential equations. The authors' presentation style combines native Pascal code (not pseudocode), mathematical equations where appropriate, and an over-the-shoulder, buddy-in-the-next-cubicle, style of informal instruction, advice-giving, and warning. Good reference and good emotional support.

Like me, you will probably pick chapters and sections based on your individual needs and interests. I've benefitted most from the section on singular value decomposition (2.9) and chapter on Eigensystems (11). The chapters on Random Numbers (7) and Sorting (8) also shed some light on processes I usually don't think much about.

If you are a Pascal dinosaur and occasionally need to think about scientific computing, this book is for you. If you are from a more recent generation, you may benefit more from Numerical Recipes in C++ or A Numerical Library in Java for Scientists and Engineers. May the earth thunder as you pound out mighty algorithms on your keyboard! :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars good but not really useful, 29 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Numerical Recipes in Pascal (First Edition): The Art of Scientific Computing (Hardcover)
The algorithms given and explained in this book are good, but nowadays most of them are contained in any standard numerical software (such as Matlab).
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