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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Hernan Soulages rated it it was amazing Sep 10, The remaining two chapters of Part IV were constructed by separating out the material on probabilistic algorithms Chapter 11 from that on cryptography now Chapter 12 — presented together in a single chapter in the previous editions — and extending both by discussions of some of the new developments in these fields. New to the Third Edition. An algorithm is an abstract recipe, prescribing a process that might be carried out by a human, by a computer, or by other means.

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Oct 07, Alan rated it really liked it. Well-established academic disciplines have a habit of yielding excellent textbooks, and computer science is no exception. 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. In order to take advantage of these new processors, new algorithmic and programming techniques are necessary.

Tony rated it really liked it Jul 09, This time spirir, a significant revision was carried out.


Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

zpirit There are several important changes in this edition of the book, compared to the xpirit and second editions, including two brand new chapters, new sections, and more. The first noticeable difference is that for this revision I needed real help Thus, Chapters 1 and 2 and parts of Chapter 3 can be browsed through by such readers. However, by and large, there is almost universal agreement on a core of fundamental topics that computer science students should be taught.

This book is an attempt in this direction. This is not the appropriate place to describe in any detail Turing’s contributions to computing and to humanity in general. The preliminary chapters discuss the concept of an algorithmic problem and the algorithm that solves it, followed by cursory discussions of the structure of algorithms, the data they manipulate, and the languages in which they are programmed. It is recommended, however, that even those sections be skimmed, at least to get a superficial idea of their contents.

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In a sense, these chapters are not integral parts of the topic of the book — algorithmics — and hence in teaching a course based on the book these should probably be assigned as homework reading. There are discussions on abstract data types, on the non-approximability of certain NP-complete problems, on probabilistically checkable proofs, and, of course, on the brand new AKS polynomial-time algorithm for primality.

Computers are made of bits and bytes, and programming is carried out using languages with rigid rules of grammar and punctuation.

A thing of beauty: Cristian rated it really liked it Aug 23, Paperbackpages. Twelve years in Computer Science is almost an eternity On a more personal level, but without getting into any details here, I would like to add that large parts of my own research in the last 38 years can be viewed as very modest continuations and extensions of the work of Turing.


Whenever appropriate, brief discussions of the research topics that are of current interest to computer scientists are included. The main changes are as follows: Preface written for the Printing. And all I can say about these is this: Preview — Algorithmics by David Harel.

Have computer scientists been idle during the five years since the first edition was published?

The limits of computing constitute a central thread of the book, to which Chapters 8 and 9 are devoted. 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 spriit physical sciences of the 20th century.

The text mentions that at the time of siprit publication the largest quantum computer actually built consisted of seven qubits. The last chapter of the book, Chapter 15, on artificial intelligence and heuristics, is the one that could really do with a facelift.

Books by David Harel. Ramzi Moussa rated it it was amazing Sep 08, All this comes as no surprise.

Indeed, computer science is a fast-growing academic discipline, with ever-larger numbers of potential students knocking at the doors of admission offices. Open Preview See a Problem?

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