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MATLAB Guide, Second Edition

Desmond J. Higham and Nicholas J. Higham

M-files and errata are available at The MATLAB Guide Website.

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What Readers Say

MATLAB Guide, Second Edition, is my new favorite MATLAB reference because it not only teaches MATLAB, it fosters a love for all things related to scientific computation. This well-written book features top notch examples, the latest MATLAB features, and offers MATLAB insights that can't be found anywhere else!”
--Steven H. Frankel, Purdue University

MATLAB Guide is an excellent reference book for MATLAB programming. This new version of MATLAB Guide contains material on important changes introduced in MATLAB 7, including single precision arithmetic and anonymous and nested functions. The new edition also contains many more examples; readers will have the advantage of learning MATLAB by essentially looking over the shoulder of two experts. This is a book that all users, new and experienced, will find valuable.
-- James Nagy, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University

I think MATLAB Guide is much better than the MATLAB User's Guide for getting started and for looking for help or tricks. It is written in a clear and concise style and it is well adapted for students in mathematics.
-- Salim Meddahi, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain.

MATLAB Guide gives an excellent overview of the possibilities of MATLAB. Everything is clearly explained and illustrated by examples.
-- Guido De Roeck, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

I think this book is the best reference I own. The students in my undergraduate MATLAB course find it essential. This book will have a special place on the shelf of our local bookseller.
-- Joao B. R. do Val, Campinas State University (CAMPINAS).

This book is written by people who know MATLAB inside and out. It is both a lively introduction and a compact reference for the most popular and important features in the latest version of MATLAB. I would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who has been using MATLAB for years or who is just starting to use it. It is definitely the best MATLAB guide.
-- Zhaojun Bai, Professor, Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics, University of California, Davis.

I consider myself quite proficient in MATLAB but still I was able to learn a lot of new tricks. I will recommend this book as a MATLAB tutorial in my numerical analysis classes.
-- Zdzislaw Jackiewicz, Arizona State University.

Upon opening MATLAB Guide, I can only think of the irresistible force versus the immovable object! What a paradox: MATLAB requires little explanation; who needs a guide? It is the easiest computer thing to jump straight into headfirst. Yet, Higham and Higham make everything easier, even MATLAB. MATLAB Guide contains super examples, which makes it a terrific guide for anyone who wants to quickly become a MATLAB expert. It is also perfect as a text in any number of classes in numerical analysis, linear algebra, and all shades of science and engineering involving numerical computation. This guide, by two authors who are true MATLAB experts, captures the spirit of MATLAB.
-- Alan Edelman, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics Laboratory for Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This introduction is perfect for many classroom needs. I love the choice of topics and the examples. I see now that the only thing better than Higham or Higham is Higham and Higham!
-- Charles Van Loan, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University.

A comprehensive yet lively guide to MATLAB.
-- Linda Petzold, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara.

My copy of this special book will live on the little shelf next to my keyboard, my little book cache, where I can reach it at any time.
-- Nick Trefethen, Oxford University.

What a charming book! I like to think of myself as an adequately skilled MATLAB user, but I learned a lot from it.
-- Kathryn A. Moler, Assistant Professor of Applied Physics, Stanford University.

MATLAB, true to its name, is the computational scientist’s workbench. It provides numerous tools and makes them easy to use… MATLAB can be used to write simple and efficient programs to handle large problems… Almost every example in this book shows how sophisticated mathematics can become a few lines of MATLAB.
-- Divakar Viswanath, University of Chicago, SIAM Review, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 709-749.


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