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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The solved exercises can thus be used to supplement the text. 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.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

They are typically interested in specific kinds of computers, and often for specific purposes, too. Dutch, ; Hebrew Open University Press; 2nd edn.: The text is followed by Bibliographic Notes for each chapter, with “backward” pointers connecting the discussions in the text with the relevant literature.

For me, and Yishai Feldman algorithmmics me in this, it is a true celebration by any computinf 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.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing by David Harel

It is organized so that each chapter depends on the previous ones, but with smooth readability in mind. An algorithm is an abstract recipe, prescribing a process that might be carried out by a human, by a computer, or by other means. However, despite the dizzying speed with algorithmice 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.

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

While the main issues raised there still zpirit strong e. As to randomized and probabilistic algorithms, the topic of Chapter 11, there has 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.


Turing also carried out pioneering work on morphogenesis and the way patterns are formed in the process. The final chapter has been modified in many places too, e.

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

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 text mentions that at the time of its publication the largest quantum computer actually built consisted of seven qubits. In other words, the reader becomes predominantly involved in the principles of a particular computer or the syntactic rules of a particular programming language or both. 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. 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.

James Tagg rated it liked it Jan 18, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The reader can read these now or come back to them after reading the book itself. Ramzi Moussa rated it it was amazing Sep 08, Return to Book Page. This fact is doubly curious in view of the abundance of precisely this kind of literature in most other scientific areas, such as physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics, not to mention humanities and the arts.

Thus, to a large extent I am but a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a true giant; the true giant of our field. Special printing for the Turing Centennial year, published by Springer for the U. The Spirit of Computing by David Harel. 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.

To ask other readers questions about Algorithmicsplease sign up. However, this is now preceded by two new chapters. Here the main thing to mention is the existence of larger quantum computers. I wish I had read this when studying for my degree.


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 See, this is new; but it has already been. The first noticeable difference is that for this revision I needed real help These topics may be considered to be additional forms of parallelism, albeit more radical ones.

Olek rated it really liked it Jan 10, One well-known example is IBM’s Watson machine, which beat the top two human contestants in Algorithmlcs That may still be true, but in recent years you will also find spirut who don’t.

Over the years many comprehensive and clearly written textbooks have appeared, containing detailed technical accounts xomputing the subjects deemed appropriate to students of computer science. Jake rated it really liked it Aug 25, Have computer scientists been idle during the five years since the first edition was published?

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 o specific computers, languages, and formalisms.

Polish,; 3rd edn.: Nov 04, Alon Gutman rated it really liked it. 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.

The main changes are as follows: 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 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.