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Computational Thinking

(The MIT Press Essential Knowledge)

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An introduction to computational thinking that traces a genealogy beginning centuries before the digital computer.

A few decades into the digital era, scientists discovered that thinking in terms of computation made possible an entirely new way of organizing scientific investigation; eventually, every field had a computational branch: computational physics, computational
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Mit Press
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chsmiley
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I liked this book. I have a background in Computer Science and the Computational Sciences so I was familiar with a lot of the concepts in the book, but had never read about the history and theoretical underpinnings of the CT movement from a big picture perspective. The book confirmed some of my thinking about the way that computer science education is often divorced from design thinking as well as the domain knowledge needed in particular specialties.

The section on machine learning
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Darian
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: math-stats-cs
Pretty straightforward intro to CT that covers its history in great depth. I appreciated the way the author(s) describe the field and its importance as a set of conceptual frameworks, rather than a defined programming-based or CS-driven mindset.

Main issue with the book is its lack of addressing ethical concerns of modern technology and efforts to improve education in this realm. Any CT book published in 2019 should be dedicating a whole chapter to this, not a mere three pages toward the end.
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Contents

Denning PJ & Tedre M (2019) (05:56) Computational Thinking

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. What Is Computational Thinking?
2. Computational Methods
3. Computing Machines
4. Computer Science
5. Software Engineering
6. Designing for Humans
7. Computational Science
8. Teaching Computational Thinking for All
9. Future Computation

Epilogue: Lessons Learned

Glossary
Notes
References and Further Reading
Index
Sarah
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: programming
I liked the comprehensiveness of this book given its length, and I think it did a good job of connecting some seemingly disparate computing concepts and dimensions, at least for a layman like me. I also enjoyed the way historical context was emphasized when the development of computational thinking over the past few thousand years was covered. Overall this was a useful read.
Sabina Schmitz
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great non-technical introduction to Computational Thinking(CT). The authors from MIT insist that CT should be part of a school curriculum like Maths and English.
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