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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If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Now that the revision is done, if hard-pressed to give my list of the most significant developments in pure, “classical” algorithmics i.

Most of the material in the preliminary Part One should be familiar to people with a background in programming. BearPig rated it it was amazing Oct 31, While we have left the exercises and solutions essentially as they were in the second edition, the bibliographic notes were a completely different story.

Colin Jones rated it really liked it Nov 27, However, this is now preceded by two new chapters. However, by and large, there is almost universal agreement on a core of fundamental topics that computer science students should be taught.

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. This style of programming is not appropriate for every problem, but it lends itself very well to parallelization.


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. Ramzi Moussa rated it it was amazing Sep 08, Even professional programmers and systems analysts might lack the background or motivation required computinh get through books aimed at full-time computer science students.

Sam Wong rated it it was amazing Oct 17, 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 algorithmjcs this list, and, of course, to my co-author Yishai Feldman. Alan Mathison Turing b.

The solved exercises can thus be used to supplement the text. It would appear that anyone associated with computers ought to be aware of these topics, and not only those who have decided to spend three or four years getting a particular kind of academic algorihhmics.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

Karl rated it liked it Jun 14, Thus, Chapters 1 and 2 and parts of Chapter 3 can be browsed through by such readers. Open Preview Aglorithmics a Problem? Preface written for the Printing. 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.

Hernan Soulages rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Matthew rated it really liked it Dec 16, I am thus extremely happy that Springer has agreed to publish this new printing of Algorithmics. Want to Read saving…. With the stage thus set, the first chapter of Part Two turns to some general methods and paradigms for algorithmic design. Nov 04, Alon Gutman rated it really liked it. Mateusz Staszczyk rated it really liked it May 21, As to randomized and probabilistic algorithms, algorithmicz 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.


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. 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.

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. None of the central open problems therein have been resolved, none of the basic notions underlying the topics therein have undergone a major modification, and very few of the new notions that have been defined since seem to deserve a place alongside the fundamental ones that are included.