D. Harel, Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 1st edition, ; 2nd edition, 3rd edition (with Y. Feldman), Special . D. Harel, Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 2nd edition, ; 3rd edition, (with Y. Feldman). (1st edn.: Dutch. Algorithmics has 74 ratings and 4 reviews. Alon said: I read this book when I was 14, and it was for me the introduction to computer science, (and anythi.

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Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

However, this is now preceded by two new chapters. Even professional programmers and systems analysts might lack the background or motivation required to get through books aimed at full-time computer science students.

This book is an attempt in this direction. In revising them, we had to prepare new notes for the large amount of newly added material, of course, but we also had to painstakingly reconsider and thoroughly revise the entire set of existing notes. In terms of the basic fundamentals of algorithmics that is, if we exclude the more practical and faster-changing material of Chapters 3, 13, and 14 little in the book has to be changed.

However, by and large, there is almost universal agreement on a core of fundamental topics that computer science students should be taught.

The present edition contains numerous exercises, as well as solutions to about a third of them. There are several hael changes in this edition of the book, compared to the first and second editions, including two brand new chapters, new sections, and more. The exponential increase in single-processor power tapered off several years ago, being replaced by the development of multiple-core chips.

Sense Hofstede rated it liked it Jan 03, Thus, chances are that the subject matter of this book will only become more relevant and of more interest. I read this book when I was 14, and it was for me davis introduction to computer science, and anything related to programming. While we have left the exercises and solutions essentially as they were in the second edition, the bibliographic notes were a completely different story. Apart from the inclusion of exercises and solutions, which mark the most obvious change made in this edition, the text has been revised and updated.


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It is about what shall be called algorithmics in this book, that is, the study of algorithms. And all I can say about these is this: Feb 15, Gavin Leech rated it really liked dsvid. Olek rated it really liked it Jan 10, The second new chapter zeros spiri on the particular difficulties arising cmputing the special case of reactive systems, as a result of their complex behavior over time.

Dutch, ; Hebrew Open University Press; 2nd edn.: A thing of beauty: However, in terms of the Algorithmics, the topic of this book, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Turing is the grand compyting of several of the key ideas and subtopics thereof. Turing’s test for computerized artificial intelligence is also central to the book and is discussed in detail towards its end, in Chapter The next few paragraphs contain very brief discussions about a few of the relevant things that have happened in the last few years thanks to Uri Feige for helping me compile this list, and, of course, to my co-author Yishai Feldman.

The text is followed by Bibliographic Notes for each chapter, with “backward” pointers connecting the discussions in the text with the relevant literature. Naes rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Whenever appropriate, brief discussions of the research topics that are of current interest to computer scientists are included. To see what your computin thought of this book, please sign up.

The preface you are now reading accompanies a special reprint of the book, published to celebrate 25 years of the its algoritumics, and, more significantly, the centennial year of Alan M. Books by David Harel. Part V The Bigger Picture ends with the closing chapter of the previous editions, “Algorithms and Intelligence,” which is now Chapter Thus, Chapters 1 and 2 and parts of Chapter 3 can be browsed spitit by such readers.


This time around, a significant revision algorithmiics carried out. Rather than taking this as a criticism of the field, I think that it shows that the topics selected for inclusion in the book are really of fundamental nature, so that no significant changes had to be made. I share with others the opinion and belief that computer science will play a role in the science of the 21st century which is poised to be the century of the life sciences similar to the role played by mathematics in the physical sciences of the 20th century.

However, Watson is strongly based on statistical techniques rather than classical knowledge representation, continuing the trend discussed towards the end of Chapter Scores of excellent books can be found on computers themselves, with details of their structure, workings, and operation.

The format computiing the notes is the same as in the previous editions; i. Another of Turing’s pioneering contributions to computer science revolves around his deep insights into what later became known as artificial intelligence the person who coined the term, John McCarthy, passed away in late Paul rated it really liked it Dec 09, Parallelism, as discussed in the first parts of Chapter 10, has become more and more crucial recently, in part because of the change in hardware trends.

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