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The Python programming language is a widely used tool for basic research and engineering. Its rapid rise in popularity is supported by comprehensive, largely open-source, contributions from scientists who use for their own work. This short course offers an introduction to Python with examples drawn from physics and astronomy.

The topics covered are --

  1. Why program? Choosing a language.
  1. Simple Python
  1. Data types: numbers and strings
  1. Lists, tuples, and statements
  1. Assignments and flow control
  1. Functions
  1. Matplotlib and graphics
  1. Computing with Numpy, Scipy and Scikit
  1. Handling astronomical FITS files with Pyfits