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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It is not specifically about computer technology, nor is it about computer programming, though obviously it is heavily influenced by both. Perhaps most significantly, Turing’s insights from the mids, alongside the work of Alonzo Church and others, formed the foundations of our understanding that the general notion of computing, and thus of algorithms and the actual computers that implement them, or severely limited. It thus represents a very general concept, with numerous applications.

The last chapter of the book, Chapter 15, on artificial intelligence and heuristics, is the one that could really do with a facelift. 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.

These chapters also discuss reactive and distributed systems, and cryptography. Return to Book Page. 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.

Special printing for the Turing Centennial year, published by Springer for the U. Thus, Chapters 1 and 2 and parts of Chapter 3 can be browsed through by such readers.

It is a way of dividing computation on large amounts of data into parts that are performed on each piece separately, the results being combined using an appropriate accumulation function.


The solved exercises can thus be used to supplement the text. For me, and Yishai Feldman joins me in this, it eavid a true celebration by ths measure! To ask other readers questions about Algorithmicsplease sign up. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

This is not the appropriate place to describe in any detail Turing’s contributions to computing and to humanity in general.

The first noticeable difference is that for this revision I needed real help Jake rated it really liked it Aug 25, 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.

Thus, chances are that the subject matter of this book will only become more relevant and of more interest. That may still be true, but in recent years you will also find many who don’t. Discussions of some languages e.

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

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. Towards the end of Chapter 4 there is a discussion of approximating a network coloring.

The issues discussed herein are thus probably basic and lasting; maybe the term “classical” is most fitting.

In revising them, we had to prepare new notes for the alorithmics amount of newly added material, of course, but we also had to painstakingly reconsider and thoroughly revise the entire set of existing notes. And all I can say about these is this: The interested reader can find lots of relevant material alforithmics the many articles and books written about him. While the main issues raised there hareo stand strong e. Thus, to a large extent I am but a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a true giant; the true giant of our field.


Its principal interest and use, however, is in those areas where the process is to be carried out by a computer. Olek rated it really liked it Jan 10, Over the years many comprehensive and clearly written textbooks have appeared, containing detailed technical accounts of the subjects deemed appropriate to students of computer science.

The book is intended to fill a rather disturbing gap in the literature related to the computer revolution. Sam Wong rated it it was amazing Oct 17, Worse still, it is shown that some problems are provably not solvable by computers at all, even with unlimited time! Mateusz Staszczyk rated it really liked it May 21, 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 spirjt chapter in the previous editions — and extending both by discussions of some of the new developments in these fields.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

Scores of excellent books can be found on computers themselves, with details of their structure, workings, and operation. It is about what shall be called algorithmics in this book, that is, the study of algorithms.

They are indented, set in smaller type and are prefixed by a small square.

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