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Science and Computing with Raspberry Pi

Brian R Kent


The world of single-board computing puts powerful coding tools in the palm of your hand. The portable Raspberry Pi computing platform, with the power of Linux, yields an exciting exploratory tool for beginning scientific computing.

Science and Computing with Raspberry Pi takes the enterprising researcher, student, or hobbyist through explorations in a variety of computing exercises with the physical sciences. The book has tutorials and exercises for a wide range of scientific computing problems while guiding the user through: configuring your Raspberry Pi and Linux operating system; understanding the software requirements while using the Pi for scientific computing; computing exercises in physics, astronomy, chaos theory, and machine learning.

About Editors

Brian R Kent, PhD, is a scientist with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia. His publications and studies in astrophysics and computing include scientific visualizations of a variety of theoretical and observational phenomena. He is interested in visualizing data for scientific analysis, 3D graphics, and introducing scientific programming via single-board computers like Raspberry Pi. Dr Kent received his PhD in Astronomy and Space Sciences from Cornell University. His website is

Table of Contents


1 Raspberry Pi
1.1 Single-board Computing
1.2 Why Raspberry Pi?

2 Setting Up Your System
2.1 Hardware configuration, requirements, and limitations
2.2 Understanding Linux
2.3 Python
2.4 Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha
2.5 Sources of astronomical science data
2.6 Using revision control
2.7 Jupyter Notebooks
2.8 Coding Pedagogy

3 Chaos and Non-linear Dynamics
3.1 A Two Dimensional Pseudorandom Walk
3.2 Logistic maps, Bifurcation, and Chaos
3.3 Cellular Automata

4 Physics and Astronomy
4.1 A Simple Pendulum
4.2 The Double Pendulum
4.3 Hydrostatics
4.4 Astronomical Catalogs
4.5 The Lane-Emden Equation
4.6 Radiative Transfer

5 Machine Learning
5.1 Spanning Trees
5.2 Neural Networks and Classification

6 Image Combination and Analysis
6.1 Creating a Multi-wavelength Astronomical Image
6.3 Manipulating Astronomical Data Cubes
A Mathematica Shortcuts and Help
B Important Python Modules and Resources


Paperback ISBN: 9780750329255

Ebook ISBN: 9781681749952

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-6817-4996-9

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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