Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook
An Aresenal of Data Analysis Techniques
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2006
Pages: 446

Given the improved analytical capabilities of Excel, scientists and engineers everywhere are using it--instead of FORTRAN--to solve problems. And why not? Excel is installed on millions of computers, features a rich set of built-in analyses tools, and includes an integrated Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming language. No wonder it's today's computing tool of choice.

Chances are you already use Excel to perform some fairly routine calculations. Now the Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook shows you how to leverage Excel to perform more complex calculations, too, calculations that once fell in the domain of specialized tools. It does so by putting a smorgasbord of data analysis techniques right at your fingertips. The book shows how to perform these useful tasks and others:

  • Use Excel and VBA in general
  • Import data from a variety of sources
  • Analyze data
  • Perform calculations
  • Visualize the results for interpretation and presentation
  • Use Excel to solve specific science and engineering problems

Wherever possible, the Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook draws on real-world examples from a range of scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and physics. This way, you'll be better prepared to solve the problems you face in your everyday scientific or engineering tasks.

High on practicality and low on theory, this quick, look-up reference provides instant solutions, or "recipes," to problems both basic and advanced. And like other books in O'Reilly's popular Cookbook format, each recipe also includes a discussion on how and why it works. As a result, you can take comfort in knowing that complete, practical answers are a mere page-flip away.

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A great book but must be updated!

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  • Well-written


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Comments about oreilly Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook:

This is a good book and I have only covered the first 3 chapters in depth. The book should be upgraded to the latest Excel version--its still back about version 2000 or the next one later. From browsing through the rest of the book I find that there are quite a few graphs which should have had the data tables included. A CD with examples of most of the problems should have been included. I want to finish going through this book and then give you my comments on the entire book.


a good book


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By the time I read this book I had already discovered, on my own, many of the things presented. However I would have saved considerable time and frustration had I read the book first. It it definitely a good book, not just for learning, but also as a reference. If you plan to use Excel for science and engineering, read this book first.


Head and Shoulders above the rest

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Comments about oreilly Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook:

I've been trying to find a book which could help my physics students analyze laboratory data using excel. There are so many badly written excel books out there that I almost gave up. Then I found the Excel Scientific Engineering Cookbook. Great book! The information is layed out so you can find what you need easily and the level of detail is just right. Also a great chapter on VBA which lets you jump right in and do stuff.

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Really A Book for Beginner

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Comments about oreilly Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook:

I have seen and read a lot of books on Excel but no one meet my needs.This book is like that the someone is sitting in front of u and explaing u every thing that u want to know and understand.

And once the person reads this book it cann't control itself to turn out the next page of this wonderful book.

Thanks to OReilly and the author of this book.

Please say my words to the author that u r great.

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Wow! Just what was needed

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Comments about oreilly Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook:

A treasure trove of numerical methods for spreadsheets. While using Excel in this way won't replace a more general-purpose mathematical package like Mathematica, Maple, etc. it leverages spreadsheet applications to provide widely available solutions.

I especially liked that the authors included a little theory when explaining each technique and that they provide such a fair use policy of the included code.

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