Books I should probably have on my desk at work

  • Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing by William H. Press, et al.
  • The Perl Black Book by Steven Holzner
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths
  • Computer Simulation of Liquids by M.P. Allen, D.J. Tildesley
  • Handbook of Computational Quantum Chemistry by David B. Cook
  • Fortran 77/90/95 Manual
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I use the information in these books enough for work that I should probably get them some time... if only I was rich. :)

I'm sorry you have to use Fortran regularly.

Well, as you might know considering your background, Fortran is still pretty much the language of choice in science. C is making some headway, and I use Perl a lot, but Fortran still dominates.

Yeah I know. I'm still sorry :) My second programming class in college was Fortran. Then I took C and breathed a sigh of relief.

Well, it seems to me that with the development of Fortran 90/95, there aren't too many features that C truly has that Fortran doesn't. It seems to me it's more of a preference than one being truly better than the other (at least, for all applications). This is coming from someone with little to no formal CS training, though.