Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science

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Edwin D. Reilly
John Wiley & Sons, Sep 3, 2004 - Computers - 902 pages
The Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science has been adapted from the full Fourth Edition to meet the needs of students, teachers and professional computer users in science and industry.  As an ideal desktop reference, it contains shorter versions of 60% of the articles found in the Fourth Edition, putting computer knowledge at your fingertips. 

Organised to work for you, it has several features that make it an invaluable and accessible reference.  These include:

  • Cross references to closely related articles to ensure that you don’t miss relevant information
  • Appendices covering abbreviations and acronyms, notation and units, and a timeline of significant milestones in computing have been included to ensure that you get the most from the book.
  • A comprehensive index containing article titles, names of persons cited, references to sub-categories and important words in general usage, guarantees that you can easily find the information you need. 

 Classification of articles around the following nine main themes allows you to follow a self study regime in a particular area: 

  • Hardware
  • Computer Systems
  • Information and Data
  • Software
  • Mathematics of Computing
  • Theory of Computation
  • Methodologies
  • Applications
  • Computing Milieux.

Presenting a wide ranging perspective on the key concepts and developments that define the discipline, the Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science is a valuable reference for all computer users.


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Notation and Units
Timeline of Significant Computing Milestones

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

Edwin D. Reilly is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the State University of New York at Albany. He served as the first chairman of its computer science department when founded in 1967 and as the first director of its computing center in 1965. Prior to that time, he served in computer management positions at the General Electric Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, NY. He began his career in computing at the National Security Agency in Washington in 1955. He holds the Ph.D. in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is currently president of his consulting firm Cybernetic Information Systems. He is the co-author of the textbooks Pascalgorithms and VAX Assembly Language. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the IEEE Computer Society, the American Physical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, Sigma Xi, and the America Association for the Advancement of Science.

David Hemmendinger is Associate Professor of Computer Science and department chair at Union College, Schenectady, New York. He has also taught computer science at Wright State University, Ohio. His interests include programming languages, concurrent programming, and formal verification of hardware designs. He began work in computer science in 1981, having previously taught philosophy at the City University of New York, and at Antioch and Kenyon Colleges. He has degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities, Yale and Wright State University. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi.

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