William Stevenson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (4 of 4)
Location: State College, PA
Birthday: Oct. 25
In My Own Words:
I am a graduate student at Penn State University studying to get my PhD in Computer Science. My research area is high performance computing, and I have side interests in discrete mathematics and operating systems.

In my spare time I like to listen to music (mostly classical, punk, industrial, and electronica) and read books on math and science. Other nonfiction inc… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 670,351 - Total Helpful Votes: 4 of 4
Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Math&hellip by William Dunham
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Journey, Dec 12 2002
I don't know too many math authors who have consistently written "five-star" books. I had the pleasure of having Dr. Dunham at Muhlenberg (not Muhlendorf!) College for a class on Landmarks of Modern Mathematics. With Dunham's sharp lectures, I hardly needed the book, but with his brilliant book, I hardly needed the lectures. The key, however, is that I wanted both, and couldn't get enough of either. Graduation and reaching the back cover does that...
Others have already described what's in the book, but what I must stress is that everything - every single thing - in the book is written in a clear and captivating fashion. You feel like you're sitting right there with the… Read more
Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Sc&hellip by Ronald L. Graham
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear first, love later, Dec 12 2002
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… Read more
Thinking Mathematically by J. Mason
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book helped me quite a great deal with my foray into university mathematics, which are quite different from the algorithmic problems one is often dealt in highschool. Before reading this book, I would often read a problem and just be /stuck/. If it were a test, I would put a question mark in the answer blank and just move along. This is because I didn't have a sense of where to begin with novel problems. After reading this book, though, I learned the tricks of specializing and generalizing. Much of the advice given in the book might seem obvious ("start with small cases," "draw a picture," etc.) but doesn't really get thought of during a stressful exam. By… Read more