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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That may still be true, but in recent years you will also find many who don’t. I share with others the opinion and belief that computer hxrel 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.

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. These topics may be considered to be additional forms of parallelism, albeit more radical ones.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Its principal interest and use, however, is in those areas where the process is to be carried algoruthmics by algorithmis computer.

I am thus extremely happy that Springer has agreed to publish this new printing of Algorithmics. Refresh and try again. The material covered herein, while not directly aimed at producing better programmers or system analysts, can aid people who work with computers by providing an overall picture of some of the most fundamental issues relevant to their work.

It is recommended, however, that even those sections be sprit, at least to get a superficial idea of their contents. This style of programming is not appropriate for every problem, but it lends itself very well to parallelization.

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

Colin Jones rated it really liked it Nov 27, Thus, Chapters 1 and 2 and parts of Chapter 3 can be browsed through by such readers. Return to Book Page.


These chapters also discuss reactive and distributed systems, and cryptography. Here the main thing to mention is the existence of larger quantum computers. Twelve years in Computer Science is almost an eternity One well-known example is IBM’s Watson machine, which beat the top two human contestants in Jeopardy!

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

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. Most of the material in the preliminary Part One should be familiar to people with a background in programming.

Even professional programmers and systems analysts might lack the background or motivation required to get through books algorkthmics at full-time computer science students.

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

Martijn rated it liked it Oct 06, Chinese, ; German, ; Italian, 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.

The issues discussed herein are thus probably basic and lasting; maybe the term “classical” is most fitting. Paperbackpages. This book grew out of a series of lectures given by the author on “Galei Zahal”, one of Israel’s national radio channels, between October and January Moreover, given that a revolution is indeed taking place before our very eyes, many of these topics, and the special ways of thinking that go with them, ought to be available to the enquiring person even if that person is not directly associated with a computer at all.

Bible quotations book-end each chapter and give this a frisson of something other. Nov 04, Alon Gutman rated it really liked it. 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.


The first edition of this book was intended to be read from beginning to end; it could also be used as a supplementary reading in a number of courses. Alan Mathison Turing b.

Polish,; 3rd edn.: It would seem that things cannot be explained without first describing, in detail, either a machine or a medium for communicating with one or both.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing by David Harel

There are several important changes in this edition of the book, compared to the first and second editions, including two brand new chapters, new sections, and more. Thus, to a large extent I am but compufing dwarf standing on the shoulders of a true giant; the true giant of our field.

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. 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, are severely limited.

It would appear that anyone associated with computers ought to be aware of these topics, and not only those who have decided to spend three or four years getting a particular kind of academic diploma. Feb 15, Gavin Leech rated it really liked it. Lars Fischer rated it really liked it Sep 23, One popular technique is map-reduce, inspired by functional programming as described in Chapter 3. Finally, I would like to add that one of the most impressive and potentially revolutionary uses of computer science in the last years has been in the life sciences.

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I read this book when I was 14, and it was for me the introduction to computer science, and anything related to programming.