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Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science



Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science

Edwin D. Reilly (Editor)

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


The Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science has been adapted from the full Fourth Edition to meet the needs of students, teachers and professional computer users in science and industry.  As an ideal desktop reference, it contains shorter versions of 60% of the articles found in the Fourth Edition, putting computer knowledge at your fingertips. 

Organised to work for you, it has several features that make it an invaluable and accessible reference.  These include:

  • Cross references to closely related articles to ensure that you don’t miss relevant information
  • Appendices covering abbreviations and acronyms, notation and units, and a timeline of significant milestones in computing have been included to ensure that you get the most from the book.
  • A comprehensive index containing article titles, names of persons cited, references to sub-categories and important words in general usage, guarantees that you can easily find the information you need. 

 Classification of articles around the following nine main themes allows you to follow a self study regime in a particular area: 

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

Presenting a wide ranging perspective on the key concepts and developments that define the discipline, the Concise Encyclopedia of Computer Science is a valuable reference for all computer users.

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)