#### Overview of this book

Python, one of the world's most popular programming languages, has a number of powerful packages to help you tackle complex mathematical problems in a simple and efficient way. These core capabilities help programmers pave the way for building exciting applications in various domains, such as machine learning and data science, using knowledge in the computational mathematics domain. The book teaches you how to solve problems faced in a wide variety of mathematical fields, including calculus, probability, statistics and data science, graph theory, optimization, and geometry. You'll start by developing core skills and learning about packages covered in Python’s scientific stack, including NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib. As you advance, you'll get to grips with more advanced topics of calculus, probability, and networks (graph theory). After you gain a solid understanding of these topics, you'll discover Python's applications in data science and statistics, forecasting, geometry, and optimization. The final chapters will take you through a collection of miscellaneous problems, including working with specific data formats and accelerating code. By the end of this book, you'll have an arsenal of practical coding solutions that can be used and modified to solve a wide range of practical problems in computational mathematics and data science.
Preface
Basic Packages, Functions, and Concepts
Free Chapter
Mathematical Plotting with Matplotlib
Working with Randomness and Probability
Geometric Problems
Finding Optimal Solutions
Miscellaneous Topics
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# Summary

Python offers built-in support for mathematics with some basic numerical types, arithmetic, and basic mathematical functions. However, for more serious computations involving large arrays of numerical values, you should use the NumPy and SciPy packages. NumPy provides high-performance array types and basic routines, while SciPy provides more specific tools for solving equations and working with sparse matrices (among many other things).

NumPy arrays can be multi-dimensional. In particular, two-dimensional arrays have matrix properties that can be accessed using the linalg module from either NumPy or SciPy (the former is a subset of the latter). Moreover, there is a special operator in Python for matrix multiplication, @, which is implemented for NumPy arrays.

In the next chapter, we'll get started looking at some recipes.