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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (Feb. 28 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201558025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201558029
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19.9 x 3.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
Basically, I like this textbook. The material is interesting, the way the authors presented the material is inspiring, and they provided a lot of jokes to make even studying for exams not that boring. But there is one big problem which made me decided to rate this book only 3 stars instead of 5 stars: the authors like to use non-standard notations. For example: m\n means "m>0 and n=mk for some integer k". One of the worst thing in scientific world is writing things others cannot read, and the authors did this by introducing many strange notations. These things makes the good work sometimes almost unreadable. This is not computer systems in which we use "cp" for the copy command and "cd" for change directory command.
What a pity the authors did that. This textbook will be perfect without those strange notations....
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This book is an excellent introduction to math in the computer world. It is exactly what it describes itself to be and exactly what everyone told me it would be. My last math experience was in high school and so far it is proving difficult but it is fun and definitely a mind workout. I would say it might be better suited for people with a college math background but I have heard of high school students working through it. Overall an awesome book if you love to learn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary P. Campbell on July 13 2001
Format: Hardcover
What is "concrete" math, as opposed to other types of math? The authors explain that the title comes from the blending of CONtinuous and disCRETE math, two branches of math that many seem to like to keep asunder, though each occurs in the foundation of the other. The topics in the book, such as sums, generating functions, and number theory, are actually standard discrete math topics; however, the treatment in this text shows the inherent continuous (read: calculus) undergirding of the topics. Without calculus, generating functions would not have come to mind and their tremendous power could not be put to use in figuring out series.
The smart-aleck marginal notes notwithstanding, this is a serious math book for those who are willing to dot every i and cross every t. Unlike most math texts (esp. graduate math texts), nothing is omitted along the way. Notation is explained (=very= important), common pitfalls are pointed out (as opposed to the usual way students come across them -- by getting back bleeding exams), and what is important and what is =not= as important are indicated.
Still, I cannot leave the marginal notes unremarked; some are serious warnings to the reader. For example, in the introduction, one note remarks "I would advise the casual student to stay away from this course." Notes that advise one to skim, and there are a few, should be taken seriously. All the marginal notes come from the TAs who had to help with the text, and thus have a more nitty-gritty understanding of the difficulties students are likely to face. Still, there are plenty of puns and bad jokes to amuse the text-reader for hours: "The empty set is pointless," "But not Imbesselian," and "John .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Stevenson on Dec 12 2002
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I used this book while studying Combinatorics at the University of Warwick, a leading British institution for mathematicians. At the time, the book was a little bit overwhelming - Knuth doesn't waste any time in getting to the point of solving problems in the book. Thus, if you're the type of person who needs lots of worked examples, I would supplement this with another book, for example, Grimaldi's Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics. But this book does belong on the bookshelf - it is a great reference, particularly because it prepares one to read The Art of Computer Programming, also by Knuth. TAOCP is the definitive series on computer science, respected by computer scientists everywhere. I guess the best way to describe Concrete Mathematics is that if you are a graduate student in CS, you should own this book. If you are a mathematically-oriented undergraduate, this book will make you really understand anything that your professors will throw at you. But, if you are not a math-lover, you will want a backup and a really nice professor :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is great. But many excercises are too hard for non-mathematically trained reader. I can solve almost all warm-up exercises without peeking the answer. But even few warm-up excercises are virtually research one. For example, see the exercise 2.1. The answer for this exercise is that there is no agreement about this. I think it means that there is no answer for this exercise. Sometimes even understanding an answer is very hard when you read an answer because you can't solve an exercise. This book contains answers for all exercises. But this book's exercises are MUCH HARDER than many other mathematic books which contain answers for only odd number(or even number) exercises.
You need a great inductive mathematical reasoning experience to read this book. If you finish this, you can omit the first 100 pages of TAOCP vol 1.
It would be nice if there is a solution book for this hard concrete book.
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And, I hope I can get the time to finish it. This is a good prelude to some of the more agressive algorithm books out there, if you take any very advanced programming courses--and gets you mroe ready for some of the Knuth books (now there's a challenge).
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