8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Useful reference but the coding is reprehenisble,
By A Customer
This review is from: Numerical Recipes in C book set: Numerical Recipes in C: The Art of Scientific Computing (Hardcover)
Whilst the mathematics behind the book is undoubtedly useful, it is vitally important to understand the maths before using the methods presented in the text. An invaluable tool in the hands of the right people, and a weapon fatal to good science in the hands of the wrong people. Still, the text is suffiently advanced in its coverage to prevent most of the truely dangerous from using it.
Additionally, it is a shame that the authors/publishers did not see fit to have the code written by someone with real skill in this area. The code samples within the text are unfortunately typical of scientists who learned a little of programming techniques, probably in the 1970s and early 1980s, and have not really upgraded their understanding since. Whilst the code is functional and does the minimum required of it, it sends shivers down the spine of those more used to modern code practices.