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The Encyclopedia of Computer Science is the definitive reference work on computers, computing, and computer science. This new edition has 2,000 pages containing over 600 fully-updated articles by internationally-known computing experts. With its blending of historical perspective and practical reference information, the Encyclopedia of Computer Science is a must-have for every collection.

Alphabetically arranged and classified into subject areas, the Encyclopedia will cover the fields of:

  • Hardware
  • Computer systems
  • Information and data
  • Software
  • Mathematics of Computing
  • Theory of computation
  • Methodologies
  • Applications
  • Computing Milieux

  • Over 100 entirely new entries
  • Thorough revisions and updates reflecting the latest developments in the field
  • 900 illustrations in black and white, plus full color inserts
  • A list of the 450 contributing international experts, complete with affiliation
  • Thorough cross-references, abbreviations, and acronyms
  • An extensive list of computer science and engineering research journals
  • A timeline of significant computing milestones
  • Ph.D-granting departments of computer science and engineering
  • Glossary of major terms in five languages
  • Key high level languages
  • Numerical tables and constants
  • Articles deleted from the first three editions
  • Over 100 new articles covering emerging, cutting-edge subjects. Examples include:
    • Automated Planning
    • Byte Ordering
    • Cache Coherency
    • Computer Industry: US, Britain, Europe, Japan
    • Computer Ethics
    • Data Mining
    • Database Concurrency Control
    • E-commerce
    • Fuzzy Logic
    • Geographic Information System (GIS)
    • Integer Sequences
    • Legal Issues of the Internet
    • Lyons Electronic Office (LEO)
    • Markup Languages
    • Molecular Computing
    • Multi-agent Systems
    • Partial Evaluation
    • Redundant Array Inexpensive Dish (RAID)
    • Register Allocation
    • Scientific Visualization
    • Simula
    • Telerobotics
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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: 9781561592487
  • Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 2000
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 15.10 (h) x 3.53 (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

  1. Editorial Board
  2. Contributors
  3. Preface
  4. Editors' Foreword
  5. Classification of Articles
  6. Trademarked Items
  7. Encyclopedia
    • Color pages
  8. Appendices
    • Abbreviations and Acronyms,
    • Mathematical Notation, Units of Measure
    • Numerical Tables (Powers of two, Numerical Constants)
    • Computer Science and Research Journals
    • Ph.D.-Granting Departments of Computer Science and Engineering
    • Key High-Level Languages
    • Glossary of Major Terms in Five Languages
    • Timeline of Significant Computing Milestones
  9. Name Index
  10. General Index
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