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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Computer Science is the definitive reference in computer science and technology. First published in 1976, it is still the only single volume to cover every major aspect of the field. Now in its Fourth Edition, this influential work provides an historical timeline highlighting the key breakthroughs in computer science and technology, as well as clear and concise explanations of the latest technology and its practical applications. Its unique blend of historical perspective, current knowledge and predicted future trends has earned it its richly deserved reputation as an unrivalled reference classic.

What sets the Encyclopedia apart from other reference sources is the comprehensiveness of each of its entries. Encompassing far more than mere definitions, each article elaborates on a topic giving a remarkable breadth and depth of coverage. The visual impact of the volume is enhanced with a 16 page colour insert spotlighting advanced computer applications and computer-generated graphics technology. In addition, the text is enlivened with figures, tables, diagrams, illustrations and photographs.
 
With contributions from over 300 international experts, the 4th Edition contains over 100 completely new articles ranging from artificial life to computer ethics, data mining to Java, mobile computing to quantum computing and software safety to the World Wide Web. In addition, each of the more than 600 articles have been extensively revised, expanded and updated to reflect the latest developments in computer science and technology.

Intelligently and thoughtfully organised, all the articles are classified around 9 main themes

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

Within each of these major headings are a wealth of articles that provide the reader with concise yet thorough coverage of the topic. In addition, cross-references are included at the beginning of each article, directing the reader immediately to related material.

In addition the Encyclopedia contains useful appendices including:

  • An expanded glossary of major terms in English, German, Spanish and Russian
  • A revised list of abbreviations and acronyms
  • An updated list of computer science and engineering research journals
  • A list of articles from previous editions not included in the 4th edition
  • A Name Index listing almost 3500 individuals cited in the text
  • A comprehensive General Index with 7000 entries
  • A chronology of significant milestones
  • Computer Society & Academic Computer Science Department Listings
  • Numerical Tables, Mathematical Notation and Units of Measure

Highly-regarded as an essential resource for computer professionals, engineers, mathematicians, students and scientists, the Encyclopedia of Computer Science is a must-have reference for every college, university, business and high-school library.

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Editorial Reviews

Computing Reviews
The Editorial Board and List of Contributors read like a Who's Who in the Computer field, authoritative and understandable…Congratulations on a job well done!
Library Journal
Since 1976, this has been the definitive reference work on computer, computing, and computer science. The newly revised fourth edition offers more than 2000 pages, containing over 100 new articles and over 600 completely updated articles by internationally known experts. This means that about 20 percent of the material is brand new, 60 percent is extensively revised, and only 20 percent is not revised from the 1993 edition. Overall, the book is about 25 percent larger than the previous edition, and there are 16 pages of color illustrations. Alphabetically arranged and classified into broad subject areas, the entries cover hardware, computer systems, information and data, software, the mathematics of computing, theory of computation, methodologies, applications, and computing milieu. The editors have done a commendable job of blending historical perspective and practical reference information. The encyclopedia remains essential for most public and academic library reference collections.--Joe Accardin, Northeastern Illinois Univ., Chicago. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470864128
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/19/2003
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 2064
  • Product dimensions: 8.41 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 3.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Ralston is an Academic Visitor in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, London, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo, which he founded in 1967 and chaired until 1980. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on computer science and related areas, and a frequent contributor to leading books and journals in the field. He has served as president of the American Federation for Information Processing Societies and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is a recipient of the ACM’s Distinguished Service Award, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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 (Houghton-Mifflin) and VAX Assembly Language (Macmillan, US). 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 (B.A.) and Stanford Universities (M.S. in mathematics), Yale (M.A., Ph.D. in philosophy) and Wright State University (M.S. in computer science). 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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Table of Contents

Contributors.

Preface to the Fourth Edition.

Editors' Foreword.

Classification of Articles.

Trademarked Items.

ENCYCLOPEDIA.

Color Pages CP-1-CP-16.

Appendices.

I. Abbreviations and Acronyms.

II. Notation and Units.

III. Computer Journals and Magazines.

IV. Ph.D.-Granting Departments of Computer Science and Engineering.

V. Presidents of Major Computing Societies.

VI. Key High-Level  Languages.

VII. Glossary of Major Terms in Five Languages.

VIII. Articles Deleted from Previous Editions.

IX. Timeline of Significant Computing Milestones.

Name Index.

General Index.

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