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Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science


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Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science

Edwin D. Reilly (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-09095-4 August 2004 902 Pages


The Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science is the perfect desk reference to guide you beyond the hype and jargon that entangle computer technology and its ubiquitous applications.

Carefully edited to be readily accessible to the non-specialist, this Concise Edition comprises shortened versions of over 60% of the entries that appear in the full Fourth Edition of the Encyclopedia of Computer Science (Ralston, Reilly and Hemmendinger).

With many contributions by acknowledged experts, responsible for the key developments that have shaped the discipline, articles are classified within nine main themes:

  • Hardware
  • Computer Systems
  • Information and Data
  • Software
  • Mathematics of Computing
  • Theory of Computation
  • Methodologies
  • Applications
  • Computing Milieux

This structure enables you to follow a coherent pattern of study or research in any given subfield.

Extensive cross-referencing at the start of every article provides a clear roadmap to lead you to key related topics.

You'll also find appendices covering Abbreviations, Acronyms, Notation and Units, a Timeline of Significant Milestones in Computing, plus a full Index.

In short, all the back-up you'll need whether you are studying, teaching or working in the field of computing.

List of Contributors.


Classification of Articles.

Trademarked Items.


Appendix I. Abbreviations and Acronyms.

Appendix II. Notation and Units.

Appendix III. Timeline of Significant Computing Milestones.


"This is an excellent, scholarly work that thoroughly covers the field of computing…a valuable asset in reference collections serving academic libraries and public libraries…" (American Reference Books Annual, 2006)

"...every computer scientist should have a copy to rely on, just as anyone should have a dictionary of his or her native language." (Computing, March 11, 2005)

"With entries written with such clear love of their subject matter, this book would make a valuable addition to stock." (Reference Reviews, Vol.19, No.3, April 2005)

" ideal desktop reference...a valuable reference for all computer users..." (Zentralblatt MATH, Vol 1066 (17) 2005)

"A useful reference" (Monatshefte fur Mathematik Volume 3. No. 168)