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Selected Papers on Computer Science

This still timely collection of papers by Donald Knuth, "the father of computer science," surveys the field of computer science and the nature of algorithms. Topics covered here include the relationship between computer science and mathematics, the connections between theory and practice, and the known limitations on what can be computed in a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, Knuth discusses the history of computer science from ancient Babylon through today.

Particularly clear and accessible, these essays were written for a general audience rather than specialists in computer science. They are thus a valuable resource for not only computer scientists but for anyone interested in the history of this fascinating field.

276 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1996

Lecture Notes

Computer Science


Table of Contents

  0   Algorithms, Programs, and Computer Science
  1   Computer Science and its Relation to Mathematics
  2   Mathematics and Computer Science: Coping with Finiteness
  3   Algorithms
  4   Algorithms in Modern Mathematics and Computer Science
  5   Algorithmic Themes
  6   Theory and Practice, I
  7   Theory and Practice, II
  8   Theory and Practice, III
  9   Theory and Practice, IV
10   Are Toy Problems Useful?
11   Ancient Babylonian Algorithms
12   Von Neumann’s First Computer Program
13   The IBM 650: An Appreciation from the Field
14   Artistic Programming
15   Speech in St. Petersburg
16   George Forsythe and the Development of Computer Science
        Index

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