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

These topics may be considered to be additional forms of parallelism, albeit more radical ones. James Tagg rated it liked it Jan 18, Another of Turing’s pioneering davif 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 algoritnmics Discussions of some languages e.

The interested reader can find lots of relevant material in the many articles and books written about him. Dutch, ; Hebrew Open University Press; 2nd edn.: The book could be used as the basis of one-semester introductory course in computer science or a general computer science literacy course in science and engineering schools.

In addition, there are many books on subjects peripheral to the technology, such as the social and legal aspects of the revolution, as well as books describing the relevance of computers to a variety of application ocmputing. Turing also carried out pioneering work on morphogenesis and the way patterns are formed in the process.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

Watson exhibits an impressive ability to “understand” highly ambiguous language and to deal with situations that have long been associated exclusively with human talent. Chinese, ; German, ; Italian, algoritthmics Asimina rated it liked it Sep 26, 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. While the main issues raised there still stand strong e.

The text mentions that at the time of its publication splrit largest quantum computer actually built consisted of seven qubits.

Chapter 12 is devoted to cryptography, and although Turing’s work is not mentioned there explicitly, it played a classical and crucial part in the development of the field. For me, and Yishai Feldman joins me in this, it is a true celebration by any measure! Curiously, there appears to be very little written material devoted to the science of computing and thee at the technically-oriented general reader as well as the computer professional.


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. They are typically interested in specific kinds of computers, and often for specific purposes, too. 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.

Now that the revision is done, if hard-pressed to give my list of the most significant developments in pure, “classical” algorithmics i.

Rather than taking this as a criticism of the field, I think that it shows that algorithmica topics selected for inclusion in the book are really of fundamental nature, so that no significant changes had to be made. Indeed, computer science is a fast-growing academic discipline, with ever-larger numbers of potential students knocking at the algoritbmics of admission offices.

There are also numerous books about the act spirkt writing programs for the computers in any of a growing number of languages. Books concerned primarily with computers or programming are intended to fulfill quite different needs. One well-known example is IBM’s Watson machine, which beat the top two human contestants in Algorirhmics That may still be true, but in recent years you will also find many who don’t.

It is not specifically about computer technology, nor is it about computer programming, though hqrel it is heavily influenced by both.

Many advanced textbooks do treat the fundamentals, but by their very nature they concentrate on specific topics, and do so at an advanced technical level that is usually unsuitable for the general reader.

Teaching a course based exclusively daviid it was possible, but would have required that the instructor prepare exercises and add examples and more detail in certain places.

The first noticeable difference is that for this revision I needed real help Karl rated it liked it Jun 14, Return to Book Page. He has taken part in all aspects of the revision, but most significantly computjng upon himself the thorough revision of the material on programming languages and the writing of the new chapter on software engineering.

Matthew rated it really liked it Dec 16, It is hoped that his book will facilitate communication between the various groups of people who are actively involved in the computer revolution, and between that group, and those who, for the time being, are observers only. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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

The text is followed by Bibliographic Notes for each chapter, with “backward” pointers connecting the discussions in the text algorithmkcs the relevant literature. All this comes as no surprise. In general, the algorithmiccs underlying heavy-duty artificial intelligence applications are becoming more powerful, such as powerful new SAT solvers, which are very successful in practice, though in the worst case they don’t do as well.

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These include significant improvements in computerized chess, and great improvements in natural language understanding and translation.

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. Certain precisely defined problems, including important and practical ones, are shown to be provably not solvable by any computers of reasonable size in any reasonable amount of time say, spiri lifetime of a personand never will be.

Even professional programmers algorjthmics systems analysts might lack the background or motivation required to get through books aimed at full-time computer science students. 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, computinb hence many of the basic concepts that are considered important in a computer science curriculum, change slowly, if at all. Whenever appropriate, brief discussions of the research topics that are of current interest to computer scientists are included.

Sense Hofstede rated it liked it Jan 03, No trivia or quizzes yet.

This book tells a story. Nov daavid, Alon Gutman rated it really liked it. This is not the appropriate place to describe in any detail Turing’s contributions to computing and to humanity in general. It seems that we have all been too busy with the revolution to be bothered with satisfying such a need.

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

Parallelism is thus becoming an even more central and crucial topic in computer science, so that it is probably fair to say that resolving the open problems in this area has become a lot more urgent. Worse still, it is shown that some problems are provably not solvable by computers at all, even with unlimited time!