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Encyclopedia of Computer Science / Edition 3

Encyclopedia of Computer Science / Edition 3

by Anthony Ralston, Edwin D. Reilly


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ISBN-13: 9781850328001
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 12/01/1992
Edition description: 3RD
Pages: 1664
Product dimensions: 8.92(w) x 11.32(h) x 2.51(d)

About the Author

Anthony Ralston is an Academic Visitor in the Department ofComputing at Imperial College, London, and Professor Emeritus inthe Department of Computer Science at the State University of NewYork at Buffalo, which he founded in 1967 and chaired until 1980.He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on computerscience and related areas, and a frequent contributor to leadingbooks and journals in the field. He has served as president of theAmerican Federation for Information Processing Societies and theAssociation for Computing Machinery. He is a recipient of theACM’s Distinguished Service Award, a Fellow of the AmericanAssociation for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of theRoyal Society of Arts.

Edwin D. Reilly is Professor Emeritus of Computer Scienceat the State University of New York at Albany. He served as thefirst chairman of its computer science department when founded in1967 and as the first director of its computing center in 1965.Prior to that time, he served in computer management positions atthe General Electric Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady,NY. He began his career in computing at the National SecurityAgency in Washington in 1955. He holds the Ph.D. in physics fromRensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is currently president of hisconsulting firm Cybernetic Information Systems. He is theco-author of the textbooks Pascalgorithms (Houghton-Mifflin)and VAX Assembly Language (Macmillan, US). He is a member ofthe Association for Computing Machinery, the IEEE Computer Society,the American Physical Society, the Mathematical Association ofAmerica, Sigma Xi, and the America Association for the Advancementof Science.

David Hemmendinger is Associate Professor of ComputerScience and department chair at Union College, Schenectady, NewYork. He has also taught computer science at Wright StateUniversity, Ohio. His interests include programming languages,concurrent programming, and formal verification of hardwaredesigns. He began work in computer science in 1981, havingpreviously 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 computerscience). He is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of theAssociation for Computing Machinery, Phi Beta Kappa, and SigmaXi.

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

What People are Saying About This

John Hopcroft

With this new edition, Ralston, Reilly and Hemmendinger continue to make the Encyclopedia of Computer Science even more valuable. The field of computer science is changing with unprecedented speed and it is difficult to keep up with all the new emerging areas. This book will allow scholars and students quick access to articles that will explain a broad range of areas across the discipline. It should be part of every technical library. (John Hopcroft Dean of Engineering College of Engineering, Cornell University, USA)

Peter J. Denning

Few people are aware of the enormous scope of the science and engineering of the Information Technology field...The Encyclopedia of Computer Science lets everyone in on this awesome secret. It is a must-have.
— (Peter J. Denning Past President of the ACM)

Maurice V. Wilkes

Of all my general reference books, the Encyclopedia of Computer Science is the one I use most, and I am looking forward to having the fourth edition on my desk.
— (Maurice V. Wilkes Professor of Computing at the University of Cambridge, UK)

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