New edition of a well-known classic in the field; Previous edition sold over 6000 copies worldwide; Fully-worked examples; Many carefully selected problems
Softcover reprint of hardcover 3rd ed. 2002
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This text makes a decent reference book, but I find that the introduction of new ideas is not accompanied with sufficient explanation or motivation. I find myself continuously refering back to Burden and Faires, "Numerical Analysis" instead for more clear and concise descriptions of the same concepts. While our professor required the book for the course (because it is on the book list for qualifying exams), he rarely refers to it. I have accumulated about 5 numerical analysis books now, and I would recommend Burden and Faires, "Numerical Analysis" (7th edition) as the best for senior undergradute to 1st-year graduate level, as it has the best combination of theory, explanation, and examples. Stoer presents slightly more theoretical motivation to problems, which I think would be more interesting the second time around, but not as an 'Introduction'.
In the course of my graduate studies, I got lots of books in Numerical Mathematics. I read most of them, at least the chapters related to my work in Computer-Aided Design and Simulation of electronic circuits. I have some of the books in several editions, as happens with this book from Stoer & Bulirsch (I have the 2nd and 3rd eds. of S&B). It isn't an easy read, and I remember having had some "viscous friction" in getting into the notation, a minor annoyment quickly surpassed. But when I had to jump into theorem proofs and fine tuning of algorithms, this book was the preferred. I recommend the chapters on Linear Systems, on solving Nonlinear Equations and on solving Ordinary Differential Equations, which I "used" a lot. This last 3rd edition already has some material about solving Linear Systems of equations with Krylov Space methods, such as GMRES. As happens with many books, it can be complemented with texts offering a different point of view on Numerical Analysis. I...
This book is NOT an introduction!!
This book is NOT an introduction!!
If the portait of Mona Lisa is put 10 feet away in front of you, you see a beautiful picture. If the portait of Mona Lisa is put 2 inches away in front of you, you see chunks of paint. This book puts the portrait of Mona Lisa 2 inches away in front of you. As the result, you see chunks of paint.
If you are taught one thing each day, you learn one thing every day. After a year, you have learned 365 things. If you are taught 1000 things each day, you learn nothing every day, and after a year, you have learned nothing! This book tries to teach you 1000 things each day. As the result, you learn nothing.
Reading this book is a waste of time. The few things you can learn is not worth the confusion.
Yes, it might be a good reference. But for an introduction, find another book!
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