Texts in Computational Science and Engineering

Python Scripting for Computational Science

Authors: Langtangen, Hans Petter

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About this Textbook

The primary purpose of this book is to help scientists and engineers work­ ing intensively with computers to become more productive, have more fun, and increase the reliability of their investigations. Scripting in the Python programming language can be a key tool for reaching these goals [27,29]. The term scripting means different things to different people. By scripting I mean developing programs of an administering nature, mostly to organize your work, using languages where the abstraction level is higher and program­ ming is more convenient than in Fortran, C, C++, or Java. Perl, Python, Ruby, Scheme, and Tel are examples of languages supporting such high-level programming or scripting. To some extent Matlab and similar scientific com­ puting environments also fall into this category, but these environments are mainly used for computing and visualization with built-in tools, while script­ ing aims at gluing a range of different tools for computing, visualization, data analysis, file/directory management, user interfaces, and Internet communi­ cation. So, although Matlab is perhaps the scripting language of choiee in computational science today, my use of the term scripting goes beyond typi­ cal Matlab scripts. Python stands out as the language of choice for scripting in computational science because of its very elean syntax, rieh modulariza­ tion features, good support for numerical computing, and rapidly growing popularity. What Scripting is About.

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

"This book addresses primarily a CSE (computational science and engineering) audience. … gives a clear and detailed account on the ways in which the surprisingly powerful Python language may aid the CSE community." (H. Muthsam, Monatshefte für Mathematik, Vol. 151 (4), 2007)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Langtangen, Hans Petter

    Pages 1-25

  • Getting Started with Python Scripting

    Langtangen, Hans Petter

    Pages 27-64

  • Basic Python

    Langtangen, Hans Petter

    Pages 65-119

  • Numerical Computing in Python

    Langtangen, Hans Petter

    Pages 121-167

  • Combining Python with Fortran, C, and C++

    Langtangen, Hans Petter

    Pages 169-204

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Python Scripting for Computational Science
Authors
Series Title
Texts in Computational Science and Engineering
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-05450-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-05450-5
Series ISSN
1611-0994
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 732
Number of Illustrations and Tables
446 b/w illustrations
Topics