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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Teaching a course based exclusively on it was possible, but would have required that the instructor prepare exercises and add examples and more detail in certain places.

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Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

The book could be used as the basis of one-semester introductory course in computer science or a general computer science literacy course in science and engineering schools.

There are also numerous books about the act of writing programs for the computers in any of a growing number of languages. It thus represents a very general concept, with numerous applications.

Bible quotations book-end each chapter and give this a frisson of something other. The issues discussed herein are thus probably basic and lasting; maybe the term “classical” is most fitting. Besides these more noticeable changes, the entire text has been brought up to date in many less subtle and more subtle ways. Comupting rated it it was amazing Sep 16, However, in terms of the Algorithmics, the topic of this book, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Turing is the grand ancestor of several of the key ideas and subtopics thereof.

In that respect, Turing’s name is associated with both the Church-Turing thesis and the Turing machine, two of the most fundamental notions discussed in these chapters. These books come at a wide range of levels, some aimed at people with no computer-related background at all, and some aimed at the most computer-literate professionals. The exponential increase in single-processor power tapered off several years ago, thee replaced by the development of multiple-core chips.


Even professional programmers and systems analysts might lack the background or motivation required to get through books aimed at full-time computer science students. Watson exhibits an impressive ability to “understand” highly ambiguous language and to deal with situations that have long been associated exclusively with human talent.

Algorithmics: The Spirit Of Computing (3rd Edition) – David Harel, Yishai Feldman

Its objective is to present a readable account of some of the mot important and basic topics of computer science, stressing the fundamental and robust nature of the science in a form that is virtually independent of the details of specific computers, languages, and formalisms. The format of the notes is the same as in the previous editions; i.

Lists with This Book. The story concerns the concepts, ideas, methods and results fundamental to computer science. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Part V The Bigger Picture ends with the closing chapter of the previous editions, “Algorithms and Intelligence,” which is now Chapter The field is hugely consequential: The limits of computing constitute a central thread of the book, to which Chapters 8 and 9 are devoted.

The book is intended to be read or studied sequentially, not be used as a reference. Moreover, it can be used as supplementary reading in many kinds of computer-related educational activities, from basic programming courses to advanced graduate or undergraduate degree programs in computer science.

This book tells a story. I wish I had read this when studying for my degree. Paul rated it really liked it Aug 06, Kewan rated it liked it Jan 25, Want to Read saving….

However, despite the dizzying speed with which some of the technological innovations become obsolete and are replaced by new ones, the fundamentals of the science of computation, and hence many of the basic concepts that are considered important in a computer science curriculum, change slowly, if at all.

Books concerned primarily with computers or programming are intended to fulfill quite different needs. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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. This is followed by two chapters on the analysis of algorithms, treating, respectively, their correctness and efficiency mainly time efficiencyincluding techniques for establishing the former and estimating the latter.


Chapter 1 is an introduction, the bulk of Chapter 3 is really just a brief survey of several programming languages, and Chapter 12 is a nontechnical account of some topics in artificial intelligence.

In modern terms this work would be considered part of systems biology or bioinformatics, topics that are not discussed in the present book.

Sense Dsvid rated it liked it Jan 03, Now that the revision is done, if hard-pressed to give my list of the most significant developments in pure, “classical” algorithmics i. Tony rated it really liked it Jul 09, Thus, even had we decided to go for a fully-fledged new edition of the book, rather than merely a new printing, the text would have undergone only relatively minor changes.

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. New to the Second Edition.

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Here the main thing to computong is the existence of larger quantum computers. The interested reader can find lots of th material in the many articles and books written about him. Cristian rated it really liked it Aug 23, Certain sections contain relatively technical material and can be skipped by the reader without too much loss of continuity. One well-known example is IBM’s Watson machine, which beat the top two human contestants in Jeopardy! Hernan Soulages rated it it was amazing Sep 10, The text mentions that at the time of its publication the largest quantum computer actually built consisted of seven qubits.

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