Algorithmic Problem Solving

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 24, 2011 - Computers - 432 pages
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An entertaining and captivating way to learn the fundamentals of using algorithms to solve problems

The algorithmic approach to solving problems in computer technology is an essential tool. With this unique book, algorithm guru Roland Backhouse shares his four decades of experience to teach the fundamental principles of using algorithms to solve problems. Using fun and well-known puzzles to gradually introduce different aspects of algorithms in mathematics and computing. Backhouse presents you with a readable, entertaining, and energetic book that will motivate and challenge you to open your mind to the algorithmic nature of problem solving.

  • Provides a novel approach to the mathematics of problem solving focusing on the algorithmic nature of problem solving
  • Uses popular and entertaining puzzles to teach you different aspects of using algorithms to solve mathematical and computing challenges
  • Features a theory section that supports each of the puzzles presented throughout the book
  • Assumes only an elementary understanding of mathematics

Let Roland Backhouse and his four decades of experience show you how you can solve challenging problems with algorithms!

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
CHA PTE R 3 Crossing a River
35
FakeCoin Detection
137
CHAPTER8TheTowerofHanoi
147
H A PT E R 9 Principles of Algorithm Design
157
The Bridge Problem
183
H A PT E R 13 Boolean Algebra
267
H A PT E R 14 Quantifiers
285
H A PT E R 15 Elements of Number Theory
309
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About the author (2011)

Roland Backhouse leads the Foundations of Programming research group at the University of Nottingham. He returned to the UK in 1999 after spending 13 years in the Netherlands, 9 of which as professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (the institution that pioneered the style of reasoning and construction of programs that forms the basis for this book).

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