From the Reviews


My proposed first sentence was:
"The author discusses valueless measures in pointless spaces."

                                            ―Paul Halmos, I Want to Be a Mathematician, 1985

  • A reader cannot fail to be struck of the unity of mathematics. … The remarkably attractive book is full
    of small touches. … The story is beautifully told. … The contest was a true success and so is this book.

    Gilbert Strang, MIT. Review in: Science 307 (2005), pp. 521–522.

  • Unputdownable … If I were to choose one math book to take to a desert island this one would be a
    contenderespecially if I had a solar-powered laptop on which to try out the codes and ideas!

    Nick Higham, University of Manchester. Review in: SIAM Review 47 (2005), pp. 382–383.

  • The SIAM 100-Digit Challenge is a wonderful and well-written book full of living mathematics by
    lively mathematicians. Anyone … is strongly urged … to plunge in―computer in hand―to this  fine
    advertisement for constructive mathematics 21st-century style.

    Jon Borwein, Dalhousie University. Review in: Mathematical Intelligencer 27-4 (2005), pp. 40--48.

  • The SIAM 100-Digit Challenge is an entertaining and valuable book that belongs on the shelf of everyone
    who takes numerical computation seriously. Even the story of how the book came to be is interesting.
    Francis Sullivan, IDA Center for Computing Sciences, Maryland. Review in: CiSE 7 (2005), p. 67.

  • Perhaps the most significant contribution of this book, however, is how it demonstrates that a set of
    well-chosen problems can serve as basis for introducing a reader to an entire field. Students can readily
    see the motivation
    for each of the topics that they study.
    David H. Bailey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Review in: Bulletin AMS 42 (2005), pp. 545–548.

  • The reading of this book is highly recommended to everyone interested in computing since the methods
    used touch on virtually every major technique of modern numerical analysis.
    Claude Brezinski, Universit้ des Sciences et Technologies de Lille. Review in: Numerical Algorithms 38 (2005), p. 327.

  • These problems lead the authors to consider an amazing diversity of mathematical techniques. … An excellent book.
    Willy Govaerts, Universiteit Gent, Belgium. Review in: Zentralblatt
    Zbl 1060.65002 .

  • A fascinating journey through the world of numerical mathematics.
    Brian Bradie, Christopher Newport University. Review in: Mathematical Reviews MR2076374 .

  • A book that could easily be titled "Techniques that Everyone Doing Numerical Computation Should
    Know". … It is a valuable addition to the library of anyone who appreciates seeing the variety of ways
    that clever people think of when approaching a difficult problem.
    Doug Faires, Youngstown State University. Review in: MAA Reviews .

  • Destined to be a classic of modern computational sciencea gourmet feast in ten courses.
    More generally, this book provides a compelling answer to the question, "What is numerical analysis?"

    David H. Bailey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In: the Foreword.

  • Four of the winners have now joined forces to publish a remarkable book about the contest
    and its ten computational problems. … This book tells the story of each problem and the
    areas of mathematics it connects to with a depth I would never have imagined possible.
    Nick Trefethen, Oxford University. In: NA Digest 04–26, June 26, 2004.

  •  A remarkable snapshot of numerical mathematics and software environments as of 2004.
    ―In: Oxford University Computing Laboratory News, July 26, 2004.

  • For anyone interested in numerical analysis techniques ... it is an absolute goldmine of clever
    ideas with working code. ... Nicely written with an excellent bibliography.
    George N. Reeke Jr., Laboratory of Biological Modelling, Rockefeller University, New York.
    In: review at, January 1, 2008.

  • The book is ogranized by problem, not technique, and so the motivation is apparent before the
    theory is introduced. Some of the solutions are so clever they seem almost magical.
    ―John D. Cook. In: review at, August 29, 2004.

  • A web page of this book is also a highlight. You can even practice with it exhaustingly and enjoyably.
    ―Shao Fang. In: review at, September 16, 2008.

  • This is a web page for the book:

    Folkmar Bornemann, Dirk Laurie, Stan Wagon, J๖rg Waldvogel: The SIAM 100-Digit Challenge, A Study in High-Accuracy Numerical Computing. Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Philadelphia, 2004.

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