Schaum Outline Mathematica: This book is an introduction to Mathematica, aimed at students, with each chapter focusing on a specific application of Mathematica. As a study guide it supplies a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to understanding the computer program. Numerous solved problems and examples demonstrate and reinforce ideas discussed in each chapter. Mathematica commands with examples are clearly classified according to type. The index of commands and applications expedites referencing.Contents
I was just starting out with Mathematica and was not getting very far with the online videos offered by Wolfram and independents. This is the book that really got me going. There are other books but they are fairly expensive. This book covers all the basics very efficiently. The criticism made by other reviewers that it is out of date is in my opinion overstated. Yes the book was written for Mathematica 7, and Mathematica 10 just came out. Yes there are a few things that work a little differently but 99% of the material is unchanged
This book alone will get you to an intermediate skill level and will suffice for many. However if u want to become a power user you will have to go beyond this book. Nevertheless, for the beginner it is the right starting point.
So far this is the best book I have seen for using Mathemematica. It is much better than I expected it would be given its very reasonable price point. It’s not like reading a novel and it’s better than reading a dry technical manual. It’s a near perfect blend of complete sentences (without undefined jargon) and what is expected from a technical book. I definitely recommend this book for its ease with helping one learn Mathematica