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Numerical Methods in Engineering with Python 3, Third Edition by Jaan Kiusalaas

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Introduction to Python

1.1 General Information

Quick Overview

This chapter is not a comprehensive manual of Python. Its sole aim is to provide sufficient information to give you a good start if you are unfamiliar with Python. If you know another computer language, and we assume that you do, it is not difficult to pick up the rest as you go.

Python is an object-oriented language that was developed in the late 1980s as a scripting language (the name is derived from the British television series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus). Although Python is not as well known in engineering circles as are some other languages, it has a considerable following in the programming community. Python may be viewed as an emerging language, because it is still being ...

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