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Richard Hamming’s “The Art of Doing Science and Engineering”

I bought this charming book and started flipping through and reading bits here and there. It has a real mid-twentieth-century feel, reminiscent of Richard Feynman, Martin Gardner, and Hugo Steinhaus. It gives me some nostalgia, thinking about a time when it was expected that students could do all sorts of math—it kinda made me wish I’d lived my life in that milieu, 50 years earlier.

P.S. The title is not so descriptive. It’s not really about doing science and engineering; it’s really about doing computing and numerical analysis. That’s ok: I’m interested in computing and numerical analysis.

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