Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

September 19, 2019 - Comment

Over the past sixty years, the spectacular growth of the technologies associated with the computer is visible for all to see and experience. Yet, the science underpinning this technology is less visible and little understood outside the professional computer science community. As a scientific discipline, computer science stands alongside the likes of molecular biology and

Over the past sixty years, the spectacular growth of the technologies associated with the computer is visible for all to see and experience. Yet, the science underpinning this technology is less visible and little understood outside the professional computer science community. As a scientific discipline, computer science stands alongside the likes of molecular biology and cognitive science as one of the most significant new sciences of the post Second World War era., In this Very Short Introduction, Subrata Dasgupta sheds light on these lesser known areas and considers the conceptual basis of computer science. Discussing algorithms, programming, and sequential and parallel processing, he considers emerging modern ideas such as biological computing and cognitive modelling, challenging the idea of computer science as a science of the artificial. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area., These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Anonymous says:

An Introduction to CS from theoretical approach The content covers main aspects of CS with well-balanced theoretical chit-chat. I will read it again for sure.

Anonymous says:

Reasonable, but unfocused in places I picked this book up as a software engineer without a formal background in computer science, wanting to know more about the theoretical aspects of the discipline. While not a bad introduction, it’s one of the longer volumes in the ‘Very Short Introduction’ series at almost 150 pages, and the extra pages don’t seem to add much. Some chapters, particularly the first two, feel like they could do with a re-edit to simplify some quite rambling explanations of certain topics. There are a lot of…

Anonymous says:

but I did hope to find a nice overview of modern computer science As a PhD in computer science I didn’t expect to see anything new here, but I did hope to find a nice overview of modern computer science. This book covers some of the basics – algorithms, simple architecture and the like – but offers no real insight into the direction the field is going. It appears to be written for a very general audience who want a rough idea of how computers and algorithms work – and it is fine in this regard. It is not however a good introduction to the academic discipline…

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