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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I think if you don’t know anything about computer science, but you like mathematics, and want to know what is an algorithm, you will find this book to be fascinating, and great introduction to computer science and algorithmic thinking. Olek rated it really liked it Jan 10, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Watson exhibits an impressive ability to “understand” highly ambiguous language and to deal with situations that have long been associated exclusively with human talent. An algorithm is an abstract recipe, prescribing a process that might be carried out by a human, by a computer, or by other means.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Curiously, there appears to be very little written material devoted to the science of computing and aimed at the technically-oriented general reader as well as the computer professional.

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

Paul rated it really liked it Dec 09, The book is intended to be read or studied sequentially, not be used as a reference. Moreover, it can be used as supplementary reading in many kinds of computer-related educational activities, from basic programming courses to advanced graduate or undergraduate degree programs in computer science. In a sense, these chapters are not integral parts of the topic of the book — algorithmics — and hence in teaching a course based on the book these should probably be assigned as homework reading.


These chapters also discuss reactive and distributed systems, and cryptography. It is organized so that each chapter depends on the previous ones, but with smooth readability algorithmiics mind.

Scores of excellent books can be found on computers themselves, with details of their structure, workings, and operation. These techniques seem to have great potential for intelligent search in areas such as medicine, law, and others.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

There are also numerous books about the act of writing programs for the computers in any of a growing number of languages. In order to take advantage of these new processors, new algorithmic and programming techniques are necessary.

In general, the tools 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. Oct 07, Alan rated it really liked it. The story concerns the concepts, ideas, methods and results fundamental to computer science. The second new chapter zeros in on the particular difficulties arising in the special case of reactive systems, as a result of their complex behavior over time.

It is about what shall be called algorithmics in this hareo, that is, the study of algorithms. 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.

One popular technique is map-reduce, inspired by functional programming as described in Chapter 3. 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. Second and third editions were published in and compuring, respectively with Yishai Feldman joining the “team” for the 3rd edition.


Colin Jones rated it really liked it Nov 27, 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. Open Preview See a Problem?

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. James Tagg rated it liked it Jan 18, 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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Then there are textbooks. 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.

Matthew rated it really liked it Dec 16, Special printing for the Turing Centennial year, published by Springer for the U.

Part V The Bigger Picture ends with the closing chapter of the previous editions, “Algorithms and Intelligence,” which is now Chapter Refresh and try again. It thus represents a very general concept, with numerous applications. This book tells a story.