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What Can Be Computed? - A Practical Guide to the Theory of Computation (Hardcover): John MacCormick

What Can Be Computed? - A Practical Guide to the Theory of Computation (Hardcover)

John MacCormick

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An accessible and rigorous textbook for introducing undergraduates to computer science theory What Can Be Computed? is a uniquely accessible yet rigorous introduction to the most profound ideas at the heart of computer science. Crafted specifically for undergraduates who are studying the subject for the first time, and requiring minimal prerequisites, the book focuses on the essential fundamentals of computer science theory and features a practical approach that uses real computer programs (Python and Java) and encourages active experimentation. It is also ideal for self-study and reference. The book covers the standard topics in the theory of computation, including Turing machines and finite automata, universal computation, nondeterminism, Turing and Karp reductions, undecidability, time-complexity classes such as P and NP, and NP-completeness, including the Cook-Levin Theorem. But the book also provides a broader view of computer science and its historical development, with discussions of Turing's original 1936 computing machines, the connections between undecidability and Goedel's incompleteness theorem, and Karp's famous set of twenty-one NP-complete problems. Throughout, the book recasts traditional computer science concepts by considering how computer programs are used to solve real problems. Standard theorems are stated and proven with full mathematical rigor, but motivation and understanding are enhanced by considering concrete implementations. The book's examples and other content allow readers to view demonstrations of-and to experiment with-a wide selection of the topics it covers. The result is an ideal text for an introduction to the theory of computation. An accessible and rigorous introduction to the essential fundamentals of computer science theory, written specifically for undergraduates taking introduction to the theory of computation Features a practical, interactive approach using real computer programs (Python in the text, with forthcoming Java alternatives online) to enhance motivation and understanding Gives equal emphasis to computability and complexity Includes special topics that demonstrate the profound nature of key ideas in the theory of computation Lecture slides and Python programs are available at whatcanbecomputed.com


Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2018
First published: 2018
Authors: John MacCormick
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 29mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Trade binding
Pages: 408
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-17066-4
Categories: Books > Computing & IT > General theory of computing > Data structures
Books > Computing & IT > Computer programming > Algorithms & procedures
Books > Computing & IT > Applications of computing > General
LSN: 0-691-17066-5
Barcode: 9780691170664

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