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 by David Harel

James Tagg rated it liked it Jan 18, The first edition of this book was published 25 years ago, in 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.

Discussions of some languages e. 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. Sam Wong rated it it was amazing Oct 17, 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.

Lists with This Book. Thus, to a large extent I am but a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a true giant; the true giant of our field. Thus, chances are that the subject matter of this book will only become more relevant and of more interest. Many advanced textbooks do treat the fundamentals, but by their very nature they concentrate on specific ccomputing, and do so at an advanced technical level that is usually unsuitable for the general reader.

Jarel number has grown steadily in recent years, and while the jury isn’t in on the exact current number compkting other things this has to do with whether one has a general purpose or special purpose machinea company called D-Wave Systems has been working recently with qubit chips, and is said to be developing a qubit one.

Jake rated it really liked it Aug 25, And all I can say about these is this: The book is intended to be read or studied sequentially, not be used as a reference.

As to randomized and probabilistic algorithms, the topic of Chapter 11, there tye been a lot of interesting research done in recent years, much of it around the random classes RP and BPP and their connections to pseudo-random number generators. Naes rated it it was amazing Sep 16, This fact is doubly curious in view of the abundance of precisely this kind of literature in most other scientific areas, such as tthe, biology, chemistry, and mathematics, not to mention humanities and the arts.

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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.

What relevance this will have to the fundamental issues of quantum computation discussed in the text remains to be seen.

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

Certain sections contain relatively technical material and can be skipped by the reader without too much loss of continuity. Cmoputing rated it really liked it Dec 16, Besides these more noticeable changes, the entire text has been brought up to date in many less subtle and more subtle ways.

A thing of beauty: The book now has five Parts, rather than four. Return to Book Page.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

See, this is new; but it has already been. Worse still, it is shown that some problems are provably not solvable by computers at all, even with unlimited time! The format of the notes is the same as in the previous editions; i. Three chapters do not have exercises: In order to take advantage of these new processors, new algorithmic and programming techniques are necessary. One popular technique is map-reduce, inspired by functional programming as described in Chapter 3.

While we have left the spirrit and solutions essentially as they were in the second edition, the bibliographic notes were a algoritjmics different story. The first noticeable difference is that for this revision I needed real help The issues discussed herein are thus probably basic and lasting; maybe the term “classical” is most fitting. Martijn rated it liked it Oct 06, With the stage thus set, the first chapter of Part Two turns to some general methods and paradigms for algorithmic design.

The solved exercises can thus be used to supplement the text. This book grew out of a series of yarel given by the author on “Galei Zahal”, one of Israel’s national radio channels, between October and January 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 One well-known example is IBM’s Watson machine, which beat the top two human contestants in Jeopardy!


However, Watson is strongly based on statistical techniques rather than classical knowledge representation, continuing the trend discussed towards the end of Chapter Refresh and try again. Have computer scientists been idle during the five years since the first edition was published? 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.

True, bioinformatics has been around for algoritjmics than that, but the use of deep techniques from algorithmics and system and software engineering in systems biology and the modeling and analysis of biological systems has grown by an order of magnitude in recent years. 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.

It’s general abstract introductory matter. This style of programming is not appropriate for every problem, but it lends itself very well to parallelization. However, despite the dizzying barel 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 present edition contains numerous exercises, as well as solutions to about a third of them. There are also numerous books about the act of writing programs for the computers in any of a growing number of languages.

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

Well-established academic disciplines have a habit of yielding excellent textbooks, and computer science is no exception. These techniques seem to have great potential for intelligent search in areas such as medicine, law, and others. However, this is now preceded by two new chapters.