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I’m still working my way through this book — it’s supposed to be a precursor to the Art of Computer Programming, to give you the math foundation you need. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Take-Aways As of Ch 3: Polish translation by P. But really, a very good text book.

Graham, Knuth, and Patashnik: Concrete Mathematics

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Incredibly well written, utterly idiosyncratic, and remarkably useless. The terseness is also a double-edged sword, as sometimes I found it useful as an extra opportunity to practice the taught methods to see if I could come to the same result. The book is based on a course begun in by Knuth at Stanford University.

I recommend this book for developers confronted with algorithm optimization problems, as a well as for a different take on parts of discrete math, and definitely for students coming out of a US state school CS program, the last which this book complements very well. The second edition includes important new material about the revolutionary Gosper-Zeilberger algorithm for mechanical summation.


This book introduces the mathematics that supports advanced computer programming and the analysis of algorithms. It simply teaches you how to think in a simple way without complex unproven theorems. Particularly enjoyable are the marginal graffiti contributed by students who have taken courses based on this material.

Dong Hua Publishing Co. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The first three chapters were OK, but by the time I got to hypergeometric generating functions I was feeling a bit out of my depth. Oct 16, Tomasz rated it it was amazing. View all 3 comments.

Further, many solutions are totally left-field having little to do with material in the book. Apr 23, Jeff Rogers rated it really liked it Shelves: A lot of exercises are tersely explained in both problem and solution. Dec 27, Colby-Tait Africa rated it really liked it Shelves: Consequently, some readers use it as an introduction to that famous series of books.

See all 63 reviews. The authors want to convey not only the importance of the techniques presented, but some of the fun in learning and using them. Read reviews that mention generating functions computer science discrete math high school number theory concrete mathematics marginal mathemayics binomial coefficients discrete mathematics tricks of the trade computer scientist integer functions computer scientists algorithm books manipulating sums math book favorite math art of computer recommend this book best way.


Thank you for your feedback. This page was last edited on 3 Juneat Having worked through some of V1 TAOCP, I would also say that the book is effective in expanding upon its math underpinnings V1 at-leastand incidentally, does give one confidence to tackle Knuth’s other works.

Insight Press, pp. This is not without a solution however, and getting through this book is often an acquired technique of paper noting things as-you-go, as well as a learned hyper-literacy.

Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science

I mean, Donald Knuth is by far the most amazing computer scientist in my mind so considering I am such a huge fanboi of his work, I HAD to read this to refresh my math. Hacker’s Delight 2nd Edition by Henry S. Knuth is known throughout the world for his pioneering work on algorithms and programming techniques, for his invention of the Tex and Metafont systems for computer typesetting, and for his prolific and influential writing.