Best book for beginners

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linofex on 14 Dec 2014
Commented: Debra Bastian on 22 Jan 2022
Hi all, this year I have started University and I would like to learn about Matlab. I have never seen nothing about this programme, so I ask you, which book do you suggest for beginners? I'm Italian but I want study English more as possible, so I prefer English books.
I see this book: Matlab for Beginners: A Gentle Approach
How is it?
Regards, Alessandro

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Mohammad Abouali
Mohammad Abouali on 14 Dec 2014
Edited: Mohammad Abouali on 14 Dec 2014
I think the best starting point is MATLAB Primer by MATHWORKS:
Pretty much you can read it in one weekend and gives you a good kick-start.
It is written by mathworks. It is free. Don't let the number of pages scare you. The spacing between the lines is a lot and there are a lot of figures and white spaces. So despit having 198 pages, you can read it in one weekend. (well that's what I did the first time I started using MATLAB and next week I had a meeting with my adviser all my plots and analysis was done in MATLAB; So, I really mean it, it is possible to get a good start using MATLAB starting with "MATLAB Primer").
linofex on 8 Feb 2015
Sorry if I reply just now, but in these 2 months I have had the exams and so the time was short. Thank everybody for the useful replies. I saved few pdf, but I didn't decide if buy the book.
Regards, Alessandro

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SidSux on 23 Sep 2015

Catherine puspita
Catherine puspita on 28 Apr 2018
Edited: Catherine puspita on 28 Apr 2018
I highly recommend the following Matlab: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solvingbook . This book is very easy to understand and shows you an excellent way to learn Matlab on your own. It's a very good coverage of the basics, more advanced topics with plenty of trial examples at the end of each chapter and is a great book which presents programming concepts and MATLAB built-in functions side-by-side.
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Matthew Hairston
Matthew Hairston on 5 Apr 2019
+1 Know of any similar style books for Python, R, etc.? Thanks in advance!

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Christopher Grace
Christopher Grace on 22 Jul 2018
Edited: Christopher Grace on 22 Jul 2018
Amazing answers in this thread!
I agree, Matlab from a book will help you learn properly and save time.
I've found a lovely list of the best Matlab books .

hami paper
hami paper on 10 Oct 2021
I suggest you look at the books and educational resources here, many of which are in the form of books and videos and can help you get started.
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Debra Bastian
Debra Bastian on 22 Jan 2022
Thanks for the recommended books - I'll be sure to add them to my list

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 14 Dec 2014

muhammad alli
muhammad alli on 13 Jun 2016
Edited: John D'Errico on 28 Jun 2016
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 13 Jun 2016
The reference is to a book "Computational Physics: A Guide For Beginners Looking To Speed Up Their Computation" that appears to have been written by the poster.

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