Over the past sixty years, the spectacular growth of the technologies associated with the computer is visible for all to see and experience. Yet, the science underpinning this technology is less visible and little understood outside the professional computer science community. As a scientific discipline, computer science stands alongside the likes of molecular biology and cognitive science as one of the most significant new sciences of the post Second World War era.
In this Very Short Introduction, Subrata Dasgupta sheds light on these lesser known areas and considers the conceptual basis of computer science. Discussing algorithms, programming, and sequential and parallel processing, he considers emerging modern ideas such as biological computing and cognitive modelling, challenging the idea of computer science as a science of the artificial.
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1: The 'stuff' of computing
2: Computational artifacts
3: Algorithmic thinking
4: The art, science, and engineering of programming
5: The discipline of computer architecture
6: Heuristic computing
7: Computational thinking
Series: Very Short Introductions
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st June 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.3
Weight (kg): 0.1