|Great books that you'll enjoy|
Message #1 Posted by Paul Guertin on 3 Sept 2007, 3:16 p.m.
I just ordered Jean-Michel Muller's book on Elementary
functions, and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks
to the poster who mentioned it (sorry, I can't find your
name right now).
How about a topic for listing books that members of this
forum might enjoy? I'll start with five:
1. Astronomical Algorithms by Jean Meeus
Date of Easter? Precession in elliptical coordinates?
Appearance of Saturn's rings? They're all in there.
2. Hacker's Delight by Henry S. Warren, Jr.
A cookbook of non-obvious ways to mix logical and
arithmetic operations in assembler. If you enjoyed
MIT's HAKMEM, this is for you.
3. Software Tools by Kernighan and Plauger
Despite the outdated language used (RATFOR), this
remains one of the best books for learning good
programming practice through examples.
4. Threaded Interpretive Languages, by L.G. Loeliger.
Probably hard to find, this vintage book will
teach you everything you need to write your own
5. Algebra by Michael Artin
(This is abstract algebra, not the linear kind.)
This textbook has just the right balance between abstract
ideas and concrete examples. If you've ever wondered
about permutation groups, polynomial rings, and Galois
theory, read this.