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 (3rd Edition) – David Harel, Yishai Feldman

Karl rated it liked it Jun 14, These techniques seem to have great potential for intelligent search in areas such as medicine, law, and others. It seems that we have all been too busy with the revolution to be bothered with satisfying such a need.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Providing a thorough, well-written and thoughtful study of the fundamental theoretical ideas of computing and examining how to design accurate and efficient algorithms, this book is ideal for an introductory course emphasizing theory rather than programming.

The first noticeable difference is that for this revision I needed real help There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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.

It is about what shall be called algorithmics in this book, that is, the study of algorithms. What relevance this will have to the fundamental issues of quantum computation discussed in the text remains to be seen.

David Wood rated it liked it Aug 27, BearPig rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Have computer scientists been idle during the five years since the first edition was published? It’s general abstract introductory matter. Now that the revision is done, if hard-pressed to give my list of the most significant developments in pure, “classical” algorithmics i.


The reader can read these now or come back to them after reading the book itself. Refresh and try again. And all I can say about these is this: 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.

Books concerned primarily with computers or programming are intended to fulfill quite different needs. Second and third editions were published in andrespectively with Yishai Feldman joining the “team” for the 3rd edition. Thus, chances are that the subject matter of this book will only become more relevant and of more interest.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

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.

Another topic central to Chapter 10 is copmuting computing. Sense Hofstede rated it liked it Jan 03, An algorithm is an abstract recipe, prescribing a process that might be carried out by a computijg, by a computer, or by other means.

To ask other readers questions about Algorithmicsplease sign cmoputing. Bible quotations book-end each chapter and give this a frisson of something other. Part Three of the book is devoted to the inherent limitations of effectively executable algorithms, and hence of the computers that implement them.

The book is intended to be read or studied sequentially, not be used as a reference.


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Then there are textbooks. The text is followed by Bibliographic Notes for each chapter, with “backward” pointers connecting the discussions in the text with the relevant literature. Sam Wong rated it it was amazing Oct 17, They are indented, set in smaller type and are prefixed by a small square.

The Spirit of Computing by David Harel. The first edition of this book was published 25 years ago, in 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. Even professional programmers and systems analysts might lack the background or motivation required to get through books aimed at full-time computer science students. Finally, the relationship of computers to human intelligence is discussed, emphasizing the “soft” heuristic, or intuitive, nature of the latter, and the problems involved in relating it to the “hard” scientific subject of algorithmics.

The present edition contains numerous exercises, as well as solutions to about a third of them.

Open Preview See a Problem? The exponential increase in single-processor power tapered off several years ago, apgorithmics replaced by the development of multiple-core chips.

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. 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.