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Nice review of the book.  Here are my responses to the some of the critiques:

1. Hadoop is not important to your typical physics-oriented student. It solves a different problem than array-oriented programming

2. I would have loved to do more in the data structures section

3. Raspberry Pi and other hardware/software interface stuff would be great to do in the next volume.

4. The target audience are people with a physical sciences background but little to no formal (or even informal) background in software development. So the reviewers point about there being full books on each of these topics is correct. This is to provide an overview for people who don't even know where to start.

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New free ebook from +O'Reilly that contains some chapters from "Effective Computation in Physics."  Go grab it now while you can!

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Last Friday we hosted a lovely release party for Effective Computation in Physics! Many thanks to +GitHub and +Arfon Smith for sponsoring. Also huge thanks to +Matt Terry for MCing the evening!

Video of the event should be going up soon. If you have photos that you'd like to see added to the album, please send them to me!
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Release Party for Effective Computation in Physics, July 17th, 2015, Berkeley, CA
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Here are all the great photos of the book signing today!
Effective Computation in Physics Book Signing at SciPy 2015
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We are excited to finally be releasing "Effective Computation in Physics - Field Guide to Research with Python" published by O'Reilly Media. This has been a labor of us over the past year. You can purchase the book here ( or check out our website ( for more information.

We are hoping for friendly technical review comments from readers. We will be incorporating these as we go.  Please understand that as an early release, parts of this book remain "raw and unedited." Many updates have already been made which may not be yet pushed up to the early release version.

We would love to see this be a supplemental course textbook, used as an introduction for new graduate or undergraduate students in research, and so on. if you are an educator and want to use this book in such a capacity, we'd love to hear from you. Now is your opportunity to influence the final product to best fit your needs!
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