Are there any books on Operations Research subjects by world-famous authors which have been made available for free access on the web, despite never having been "completed" to the standard to which the authors aspired?

I would also accept completed books as well.


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  • The Warehouse & Distribution Science by John J. Bartholdi III and Steven T. Hackman. From their site:

    This book is a work-in-progress. We are still revising and extending the material and suggest you print only what you need as you need it.

    Version 0.98.1, released 17 August 2019

Although the question was about books not being completed, I also list the following books that are available online for free and they are from famous authors, in case someone finds them useful.

  • Several books by Dimitri P. Bertsekas which their pdf copies can be accessed from this link including:
    • Network Optimization: Continuous and Discrete Models (link)
    • Convex Optimization Theory (link)
    • Constrained Optimization and Lagrange Multiplier Methods (link)

Just posted on January 16, 2020:

Elements of Scheduling, collected and edited by Jan Karel Lenstra and David B. Shmoys

This {pdf file} presents the fragments of a book on machine scheduling. Work on the book started in 1977 but was never completed. The existing material is now made available for teaching purposes.

In the winter of 1976, Alexander Rinnooy Kan and Jan Karel Lenstra defended their PhD theses at the University of Amsterdam. Gene Lawler was on their committees. It was a natural idea to turn the theses into a textbook on scheduling. They set out to compile a survey with Ron Graham (1979), but progress on the book was hampered by the many research opportunities offered by the field. After David Shmoys joined the team in the mid 1980's, several chapters were drafted, and the survey was rewritten (1993). Gene passed away in 1994. Colleagues were asked to contribute chapters or to complete existing drafts. However, by the turn of the century the project was losing its momentum, and finite convergence to completion fell beyond our reach. Over the years, several chapters have been used in the classroom. We continue to receive requests from colleagues who look for a text on the elements of scheduling at an advanced undergraduate or early graduate level. This document is a compilation of what currently exists. We have made a marginal effort in patching it up at some places but is essentially what was written long ago. We did make an attempt to include most of the citations in the bibliography.

Edit: Completed books:

Convex Optimization, by Boyd and Vandenberghe

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    $\begingroup$ sorry. It was not intentional at first. I know you're a fan of one-stop shops. But, if you think it's better to have a separate question for the completed books, then we can revert. $\endgroup$
    – EhsanK
    Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 20:07
  • $\begingroup$ @EhsanK I'm fine with the expansion. I originally made it narrow, in part to attempt to appease the "too broad" crowd. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 20:40

I think the best one is here: Model Building in Mathematical Programming.

  • $\begingroup$ Ledt unsaid in my question is "legally" available. Dies this qualify? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 11:53

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