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Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing (MIT Press) Hardcover – August 11, 2017
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This is a wonderful book. Algorithms and computation explained using the likes of Hansel and Gretel, Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes, and Harry Potter. For 35 years I've been trying to explain to people that algorithms are all around us, and that algorithmic thinking is an absolutely crucial skill that is needed in our day-to-day lives way beyond mere computers and electronics. Finally, here is a book for them to read.(David Harel, Professor, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Vice President, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities; author of Algorithmics and Computers Ltd.: What they Really Can't Do)
By connecting computing concepts with popular stories, Martin Erwig helps both the general public and students see computing's relevance beyond traditional technology contexts. I suspect that readers will begin to see computing everywhere!(Pat Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer, Code.org)
Clever algorithms and data structures are at the core of computer science. This book is an excellent exposition of computational and informational thinking, and one that is unusually accessible to anyone with an inquiring mind.(Simon Peyton Jones)
About the Author
Martin Erwig is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University.
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