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Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists (International Computer Science Series) 2 Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0201175646
ISBN-10: 0201175649
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This is a new edition of a successful introduction to discrete mathematics for computer scientists, updated and reorganised to be more appropriate for the modern day undergraduate audience. Discrete mathematics forms the theoretical basis for computer science and this text combines a rigorous approach to mathematical concepts with strong motivation of these techniques via practical examples.

Key Features
  • Thorough coverage of all area of discrete mathematics, including logic, natural numbers, coding theory, combinatorics, sets, algebraic functions, partially ordered structures, graphs, formal machines & complexity theory
  • Special emphasis on the central role of propositional & predicate logic
  • Full chapters on algorithm analysis & complexity theory
  • Introductory coverage of formal machines & coding theory
  • Over 700 exercises
  • Flexible structure so that the material can be easily adapted for different teaching styles.
New to this Edition
  • Improved treatment of induction
  • Coverage of more 'basic' algebra
  • List of symbols including page references for definition/explantion
  • Modern text design and new exercises to aid student comprehension


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About the Author

John Truss has taught at Oxford University, Paisley College of Technology and currently at the University of Leeds. He has been a committee member of the British Logic Colloquium since 1990, and has recently been appointed an editor of the Journal of the London Mathematical Society. He wrote Foundations of Mathematical Analysis in 1997 and has authored 40 research papers.



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Product Details

  • Series: International Computer Science Series
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 2 Revised edition (August 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201175649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201175646
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I am a teacher's assistant for an undergraduate computer science course that uses this book. I have to say that it really is a terrible book for students to learn from who have never had much exposure to non-calculus math and the concept of the "mathematical proof". It skims over topics without providing enough exposition on the topics to allow students to have a fair grasp on the subject. This may just be the nature of teaching discrete math, but there seem to be far too many topics that Truss is trying to squeeze into too small of a space. He tries to throw in some more advanced topics such as formal machines and complexity theory, but only at the cost of having the overall quality of the material be watered down. Sadly, though, from what I have heard, this is the best current intro discrete math book out there.
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I will have to agree with the other reviewer that it seems as if Truss is trying to cram lots and lots of discrete mathematics into an indiscrete stack of 500pp but i think he has done very well. At least in addressing those who need to skim over the material quickly, though they would love instead to relish on Grimaldi's.

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