- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (21 June 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781849513326
- ISBN-13: 978-1849513326
- ASIN: 1849513325
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,11,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
GNU Octave Beginner's Guide Paperback – Import, 21 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Jesper Schmidt Hansen holds a Ph.D. in soft-material science and is currently doing research in the field of nanofluidics and dynamics at Roskilde University, Denmark. He has been using GNU Octave on a daily basis for many years, both as a student and later as a researcher. The applications have varied from solving partial and ordinary differential equations, simple data plotting, and data generation for other applications, to dynamical system investigations and advanced data analysis.
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But now for the book itself. It is very methodical. I like that - easy to follow - easy to learn. But like so many technical books these days, the book itself did not have a good technical editing. sometimes there are simple mistakes which makes one not trust the book. But since I am using it to learn Octave with a current version of Octave on my computer, the mistakes are easy to find and overlook.
I would recommend the book to learn Octave, but not if you are picky - not if you want something that is closer to the features of the current version of Octave. I will continue to turn the pages and try the problems. Why? because I paid for the thing and I don't want to add two dissimilar vectors anyway. But afterwords will have to transfer to something more up to date.
The structure is well thought out, and the explanations are generally clear. The examples are well chosen also. I find myself hoping that Mr. Hanson might come out with a sequel, as Octave is rich enough to be worth more than one book.
Octave is the free, open source alternative to Matlab, and will run many of the same scripts. With this entry, Octave shows it has matured, and has some momentum. I have spent about 2 weeks with this book and have only covered perhaps half of it's topics, but it is far more accessible then most college textbooks. I do recommend it for your bookshelf.
It didn't cost a lot and it's nearly worth the price. Look to the 'net first before considering this.