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A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #1 Posted by Chris Smith on 25 Apr 2013, 5:30 p.m.

Possibly slightly OT, but I need to refresh my brain and everyone here seems knowledgeable and practical!

My candidate so far is "Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers" by Gullberg.

This was triggered by blindly grabbing my 50g today to do a curve fit on a protocol latency issue (time vs compressed packet size) to see if I'd written a stinker.

Some lunch-time introspection revealed I actually no longer know how to do a curve fit without it and can also no longer decipher half of Wikipedia's article on the subject. I'm not sure I ever could to be honest due to my passing-exams focused education. I wish to fix this/myself by stuffing my face in a book for a few weeks.

Any suggestions or pointers gratefully accepted.

      
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #2 Posted by carey on 25 Apr 2013, 11:15 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Chris Smith

Three examples of all-in-one math books for science and engineering types looking for a refresher are: 1) Basic Training in Mathematics: A Fitness Program for Science Students by R. Shankar. 2) All You Wanted to Know About Mathematics but Were Afraid to Ask (2 volume set) by Louis Lyons. 3) Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics by Richard Hamming. The first 2 are written by physicists, and the 3rd by a numerical analyst. Lyons is the most comprehensive, Shankar includes answers, and Hamming is the most accessible.

Numerically-oriented books (most out-of-print) with great insights are: 1) Essentials of Numerical Analysis with Pocket Calculator Demonstrations by Peter Henrici. The accompanying book written by Peter Henrici and his wife Marie, Numerical Analysis: Demonstrations on the HP-33E, includes rpn code. 2) Mathematics for Science and Engineering by Philip Alger. This book was based on the old Engineering Mathematics book by the famous GE engineer Charles Steinmetz. 3) Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers, and the more abbreviated, Introduction to Applied Numerical Analysis, both by Richard Hamming.

            
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #3 Posted by Chris Smith on 26 Apr 2013, 4:12 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by carey

Thanks for your suggestions. Much appreciated.

      
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #4 Posted by Mike T. on 26 Apr 2013, 6:40 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Chris Smith

Depends what you are after but I've had a copy of Abramowitz and Stegun for years - online version here

Mike T.

      
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #5 Posted by Eddie W. Shore on 27 Apr 2013, 10:24 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Chris Smith

I have three general math reference books:

Schuam's Outlines "Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables"

CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae - I have the 32 edition as a digital download

"Handbook of Mathematical, Scientific, and Engineering Formulas, Tables, Functions, Graphs, Transforms" - REA. I have the 1984 edition (given to me by my dad for my 17th birthday), which has gotten a lot of use since.

            
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #6 Posted by Les Koller on 27 Apr 2013, 7:40 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by Eddie W. Shore

I have the Schaum's too...thanks to a tip from the time I asked the exact same question here. As for the CRC, I have the 1st edition, the 32nd edition, and 2/3 of the editions in between (collecting math books is another hobby of mine...I have over 300 books!)

      
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #7 Posted by Egan Ford on 27 Apr 2013, 9:10 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Chris Smith

Reference:

"The CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Third Edition", Eric W. Weisstein

Refresher:

"The Princeton Companion to Mathematics" , Growers

"Mathematics: It's Content, Methods, and Meaning", A. D. Aleksandrov, A. N. Kolmogorov, M. A. Lavrent'ev

            
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #8 Posted by Walter B on 28 Apr 2013, 4:07 a.m.,
in response to message #7 by Egan Ford

If you're looking for a compact reference book:

"Taschenbuch der Mathematik", I. N. Bronstein, K. A. Semendjajev, 13th edition of 1973 (585 pages, < 18 x 13 x 3cm)

brought me through my studies, heavily used then and thereafter. Hope there is an English translation, too.

d:-)

                  
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #9 Posted by Alex Mark (Greece) on 28 Apr 2013, 10:57 a.m.,
in response to message #8 by Walter B

Quote:
"Taschenbuch der Mathematik", I. N. Bronstein, K. A. Semendjajev, 13th edition of 1973 (585 pages, < 18 x 13 x 3cm)

This is an excellent reference book for mathematics, indeed! I stole it from my father years ago, but I let him use it still from time to time. :) I have it in English: "A Guide-Book to Mathematics", edition 1971, but I don't know if it is still available. Maybe in an old books' store?

Alex - Greece

                  
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #10 Posted by Peter Murphy (Livermore) on 28 Apr 2013, 11:28 a.m.,
in response to message #8 by Walter B

Many copies of this book (in various English-language editions) are available here:

http://used.addall.com/SuperRare/RefineRare.fcgi?id=130428072033207887

                        
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #11 Posted by Gerson W. Barbosa on 28 Apr 2013, 11:32 a.m.,
in response to message #10 by Peter Murphy (Livermore)

14 more here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/3871440957/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

                              
Re: A good general mathematics reference book?
Message #12 Posted by Chris Smith on 29 Apr 2013, 9:44 a.m.,
in response to message #11 by Gerson W. Barbosa

Thanks - have ordered this book in the UK for a mere 4.50!


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