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Out of their minds : the lives and discoveries of 15 great computer scientists

Author: Dennis Elliott Shasha; Cathy A Lazere
Publisher: New York : Copernicus, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This text features profiles of 15 scientists who have each made significant contributions to a part of the creation of the modern files of computer science. Scientists who worked in algorithm  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis Elliott Shasha; Cathy A Lazere
ISBN: 0387979921 9780387979922
OCLC Number: 32240355
Description: xi, 291 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: John Backus : a restless inventor --
John McCarthy : the uncommon logician of common sense --
Alan C. Kay : a clear romantic vision --
Edsger W. Dijkstra : appalling prose and the shortest path --
Michael O. Rabin : the possibilities of chance --
Donald E. Knuth : boundless interests, a common thread --
Robert E. Tarjan : in search of good structure --
Leslie Lamport : of time, space, and computation --
Stephen Cook and Leonid Levin : a good solution is hard to find --
Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. : a delight in making things work --
Burton J. Smith : racing with the speed of light --
W. Daniels Hillis : the biological connection --
Edward A. Feigenbaum : the power of knowledge --
Douglas B. Lenat : a twenty-year bet.
Responsibility: Dennis Shasha, Cathy Lazere.

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