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Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science

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Concrete Mathematics is a blending of CONtinuous and disCRETE mathematics. "More concretely," the authors explain, "it is the controlled manipulation of mathematical formulas, using a collection of techniques for solving problems."
Hardcover, Second Edition, 672 pages
Published March 10th 1994 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published 1988)
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Kevin K. Gillette
I had the great fortune to take this course at Stanford from Ron Graham, with Oren Patashnik as my TA, and we used Don Knuth's "Art Of Computer Programming: Vol. 1 - Fundamental Algorithms" as our textbook. All of the course notes and problem set solutions were written up using TEX. It didn't get any better than that! When I saw that this book had been released, I rushed to my nearest technical bookstore to buy it. It's every bit as fun and whimsical as the class was, but it is by no means any s ...more
Thore Husfeldt
Incredibly well written, utterly idiosyncratic, and remarkably useless. Somewhere between masterpiece and complete failure. I love every comma of it.
Joshua
I'm still working my way through this book -- it's supposed to be a precursor to the Art of Computer Programming, to give you the math foundation you need. The explanations are clear and the exercises are great.
Jigar Brahmbhatt
A wonderful, wonderful exploration of a mathematical system that according to its authors is a blend of "continuous and discreet mathematics". It also forms a foundation to understand Donald Knuth's epic exploration of algorithms, the seven-books series on the "Art of Computer Programming". Like with all the books by Knuth, if the reader is able to find an error which is "technically, historically, typographically, or politically incorrect", he/she will be rewarded with 2.56 US dollars, which ac ...more
Bishu
Reading it as a reference. Very well written. I mean, Donald Knuth is by far the most amazing computer scientist in my mind so considering I am such a huge fanboi of his work, I HAD to read this to refresh my math. Awesome stuff.
Stefano Finazzo
Apredendo a contar e a somar - como gente grande.

O livro do Knuth é um manual de técnicas para lidar com recorrências, somas e problemas de contagens. É como os manuais de métodos matemáticos para físicos, numa versão para cientistas da computação. O pragmatismo é mais importante que o rigor. Para Knuth, o foco está em desenvolver heurísticas e solucionar problemas.

É uma leitura bacanésima; muitos problemas são de arrepiar os cabelos, mas as soluções são elegantes e poderosas. E o texto é rechea
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Rodrigo Rivera
One of the best CS math books available. 20 years later it is still current. A must for any CS student.
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Joecolelife
Apr 12, 2011 Joecolelife rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I can't find another book that covers similiar material at this depth. A great book possibly a future classic but unfortunately the font ("Euler" font which was created specifically for this book) is just awful which makes this book far more difficult to physically read than neccesary. Characters just sit like a rock instead of helping the eyes flow from one word to the next. I would give it 5 stars if not for the distracting swiggly font.
Avinash K
Really good! Well written. But really, a very good text book. If you don't want to solve the exercises (at least 40% what is called the Warm Ups and The Basics) you are better of with a book meant for popular reading. If you would like to solve the exercises, then here's to many a rainy Sunday afternoons!
Peb
buku yang menyenangkan, terutama bwt gw yang rada alergi sama matematik. cara penyampaiannya seperti ngobrol santai tapi sambil mengajarkan pola pikir kreatif ttg problem solving dengan matematika. buku pertama yang bikin gw ketawa sambil baca buku teks.. :D

learning math would never be this fun..
Maurizio Codogno
È un libro di testo, per quanto possa esserlo un libro in cui DEK è uno degli autori. Però il modo in cui ti insegna a trovare il risultato in somma chiusa delle sommatorie è favoloso... anche se dopo i primi capitoli bisogna togliersi dalla testa di riuscire a leggerlo e capirlo al volo.
Gary
Of course I barely scraped the surface of all that this book contains. I did find an error and wrote to the authors and received a reply from Knuth and Ron Graham, but didn't get a cheque for $2.56 as they already knew about it.
Vladimir
This great classical book gives very strong mathematical foundation for computer programming and algorithms, showing how to solve complex problems in a mathematical way
Nick Black
The best overall set of discrete exercises I've ever seen, well worth the price of admission alone.
Jamie
Jan 29, 2013 Jamie marked it as reference
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A classic. May be useful to me someday.
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