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Effective Computation in Physics (Paperback) (Anthony Scopatz & Kathryn D. Huff)
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More physicists today are taking on the role of software developer as part of their research, but software development isn’t always easy or obvious, even for physicists. This practical book teaches essential software development skills to help you automate and accomplish nearly any aspect of research in a physics-based field.
Written by two PhDs in nuclear engineering, this book includes practical examples drawn from a working knowledge of physics concepts. You’ll learn how to use the Python programming language to perform everything from collecting and analyzing data to building software and publishing your results.
In four parts, this book includes:
- Getting Started: Jump into Python, the command line, data containers, functions, flow control and logic, and classes and objects
- Getting It Done: Learn about regular expressions, analysis and visualization, NumPy, storing data in files and HDF5, important data structures in physics, computing in parallel, and deploying software
- Getting It Right: Build pipelines and software, learn to use local and remote version control, and debug and test your code
- Getting It Out There: Document your code, process and publish your findings, and collaborate efficiently; dive into software licenses, ownership, and copyright procedures
Effective Computation in Physics is a handy guide to the types of problems you run into with computational physics?such as version control, bash scripts, object orientation, large databases, and parallel machines. The authors provide detailed scientific computing motivations, clear and concise tutorials, and references to further information about each of the topics presented.
This book fills the existing training gap for students and scientists who conduct physics in a world where simulations have replaced desktop experiments and sophisticated data traversing algorithms have replaced pen and paper analysis.
- Provides a central source that ties various pieces of computational physics together
- Contains coverage of the Python programming language aimed toward physicists
- Helps you properly analyze and compellingly visualize your data
- Includes chapters on hot topics like NumPy and HDF5