Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science (2nd Edition)

By Donald E. Knuth

This e-book introduces the math that helps complicated computing device programming and the research of algorithms. the first target of its famous authors is to supply an excellent and suitable base of mathematical abilities - the abilities had to remedy advanced difficulties, to guage horrendous sums, and to find sophisticated styles in information. it truly is an crucial textual content and reference not just for laptop scientists - the authors themselves depend seriously on it! - yet for critical clients of arithmetic in almost each discipline.

Concrete arithmetic is a mixing of constant and disCRETE arithmetic. "More concretely," the authors clarify, "it is the managed manipulation of mathematical formulation, utilizing a set of innovations for fixing problems." the subject material is essentially a ramification of the Mathematical Preliminaries part in Knuth's vintage artwork of desktop Programming, however the type of presentation is extra leisurely, and person themes are lined extra deeply. a number of new subject matters were additional, and the main major rules were traced to their historic roots. The ebook contains greater than 500 workouts, divided into six different types. whole solutions are supplied for all routines, other than examine difficulties, making the publication rather necessary for self-study.

Major issues include:

  • Sums
  • Recurrences
  • Integer functions
  • Elementary quantity theory
  • Binomial coefficients
  • Generating functions
  • Discrete probability
  • Asymptotic methods

This moment variation contains vital new fabric approximately mechanical summation. based on the frequent use of the 1st version as a reference e-book, the bibliography and index have additionally been elevated, and extra nontrivial advancements are available on nearly each web page. Readers will savour the casual variety of Concrete arithmetic. relatively stress-free are the marginal graffiti contributed by way of scholars who've taken classes in accordance with this fabric. The authors are looking to express not just the significance of the strategies provided, yet the various enjoyable in studying and utilizing them.

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