From a review of the first edition: ¿This book is a veritable tour de force. Harel writes with uncommon verve, clarity and imagination.’ ¿Through the use of. 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. Computer science is the science of the future, and already underlies every facet of business and technology, and much of our everyday lives. In addition, it will.

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See all 9 reviews. 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.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing by David Harel

Finally, I would like to add that one of the most impressive and potentially revolutionary uses of computer science harrel the last years has been in the life sciences. Its principal interest and use, however, is in those areas where the process is to be carried out by a computer.

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. Thomas – Elements of Information Theory S.

I don’t find the religious quotes distracting as other reviewers even though it’s not important to me; they can be comical at times.

I recommend this book to anyone knowing that gravity and the speed of light sets limits on the aircrafts we can expect Airbus and Boeing to make, but that do not know anything about the “gravity” that Intel and NetBSD has to struggle with.


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 He has published expository accounts of computer science, such as his award winning book “Algorithmics: 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.

Mateusz Staszczyk rated it really liked it May 21, Even though it’s written for the general reader, it is also useful for programmers, systems analysts and designers, software engineers and students, since Harel cuts to the core of the concepts and offers valuable insights into the theory that they might already know.

Indeed, computer science is a fast-growing academic discipline, with ever-larger numbers of potential students knocking at the doors of admission offices.

The preface you are now reading accompanies a special reprint of the book, published to celebrate 25 years of the its existence, and, more significantly, the centennial year of Alan M. Refresh and try again.

In the s he invented the graphical language of Statecharts for specifying and programming reactive systems, which has been adopted as part of the UML standard. Thus, chances are that the subject matter of this book will only become more relevant and of more interest. Showing of 9 reviews.

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In revising them, we had to prepare new notes for the large amount of newly added material, of course, but we also had to painstakingly reconsider and thoroughly revise the entire set of existing notes.

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Add both to Cart Add both to List. All in all, this book covers amazing ground and hxrel a great introduction to algorithms and the theory of computation.


Part Three of the book is devoted to the inherent limitations of effectively executable algorithms, and hence of the computers that implement them. The text is followed by Bibliographic Notes for each chapter, with “backward” pointers connecting the discussions in the text with the relevant literature.

Retrieved 2 April Rather than taking this as a zlgorithmics of the field, I think that it shows that the topics selected for inclusion in the book are really of fundamental nature, so that no significant changes had to be made.

He is renowned for outstanding research in many areas of the field, and has recently been awarded the Israel Prize in Computer Science. This course has 4 contact hours per week class plus lab and requires about 2 hourse of additional work at home.

Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing

It concerns the true ‘spirit’ of computers; with the ‘recipes’ that make them tick – their algorithms. Preview — Algorithmics by David Harel.

This time around, a significant revision was carried out. Paul rated it really liked it Aug 06, Hopefully, the result of all of this will turn out to be a useful and up-to-date tool linking the text of this expository book with the accepted archival scientific literature. It is not specifically about computer technology, nor is it about computer programming, though obviously it is heavily influenced by both.