The Data Handbook

A Guide to Understanding the Organization and Visualization of Technical Data

  • Brand¬†Fortner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brand Fortner
      Pages 3-9
  3. Numbers in Computers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Brand Fortner
      Pages 13-17
    3. Brand Fortner
      Pages 19-27
    4. Brand Fortner
      Pages 29-39
    5. Brand Fortner
      Pages 41-61
    6. Brand Fortner
      Pages 63-81
  4. The Data Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Brand Fortner
      Pages 85-95
    3. Brand Fortner
      Pages 97-108
    4. Brand Fortner
      Pages 109-128
    5. Brand Fortner
      Pages 129-142
    6. Brand Fortner
      Pages 143-152
    7. Brand Fortner
      Pages 153-186
  5. Data Formats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Brand Fortner
      Pages 189-216
    3. Brand Fortner
      Pages 217-245
    4. Brand Fortner
      Pages 247-314
    5. Brand Fortner
      Pages 315-320
  6. Bringing It All Together

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Brand Fortner
      Pages 323-332
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 333-350

About this book


What our teachers don't tell us in school is that we will spend most of our scientific or engineering career in front of computers, trying to beat them into submission. My formal training in computational science is nil, which I suspect is true of 90 percent of the scientists and engineers in the world. In this book, I attempt to bring together in one place the very basic facts that every technical person should know about computers. The computers of today still require you to know quite a bit about them in order to use them effectively for technical data analysis. Scientists and engineers who are computer novices should read this book cover to cover (that is, in my modest opinion). Experienced computer users should use this book as a reference. There are nuggets of useful information in this book waiting to be discovered by even the most computer-literate of you. Changes in the Second Edition Numerous corrections and clarifications were made throughout the text. Thanks to all of you who sent in your comments on the first edition. In addition, the index and glossary have been greatly improved.


Microsoft Access Notation control database form graph information processing kernel numerical analysis publishing review sets simulation software visualization

Authors and affiliations

  • Brand¬†Fortner
    • 1
  1. 1.NPG Scientific, Inc.ColumbiaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7572-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2538-6
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