- Series: Computer Science
- Hardcover: 866 pages
- Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Pub (January 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 086720477X
- ISBN-13: 978-0867204773
- Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,046,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Discrete Structures, Logic and Computability
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I highly recommend it and will plan to use it if I get assigned to teach a subject on theoretical computing for undergraduates.
Hein's text addresses this issue by placing much greater emphasis on ideas from logic and methods of proof than most other books on discrete mathematics, such as the popular text by Rosen. In addition, Hein includes material relating important software concepts to abstract algebra, and he does this without slighting other common topics of discrete mathematics, such as sets, relations, functions, counting, automata, and computability. Software engineers who have learned from Hein's text will have practical tools that they can use to deal with the software correctness factor more effectively.
Besides all of these good qualities, the text is well organized, clearly written, and punctuated with deligtfully subtle humor. I plan to use it.
PS: I never write reviews of books, but this particular book have always prompted urges to praise it.
There are plenty of examples in the text. However, the exercises tend to be significantly more complex than the examples. The answers to many exercises are in the back of the book, which is a great help to students.