Same story here. The book you mention above— I recommend starting with chapter 10, linear algebra. Moving on toward and through chapter 12 will definitely help motivate chapter 1, and the greater ideas of the polynomial. Linear algebra is verbose, but straightforward and wildly enlightening for programmers and scientists. Taking linear algebra in college is how I came to love and obsess over math.
Also, check out “Numerical Mathematics and Computing” by award and Cheney; it’s loaded with pseudocode (Horner’s algorithm for computing polynomials for instance).
*Ward and Cheney
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