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Elements of the Theory of Computation (2nd Edition)

Elements of the Theory of Computation (2nd Edition)
Author: Harry Lewis - Christos H. Papadimitriou
ISBN 13: 9780132624787
ISBN 10: 132624788
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Prentice-Hall
Publication Date: 1997-08-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 361
List Price: $181.40

Lewis and Papadimitriou present this long awaited Second Edition of their best-selling theory of computation. The authors are well-known for their clear presentation that makes the material accessible to a a broad audience and requires no special previous mathematical experience.

In this new edition, the authors incorporate a somewhat more informal, friendly writing style to present both classical and contemporary theories of computation. Algorithms, complexity analysis, and algorithmic ideas are introduced informally in Chapter 1, and are pursued throughout the book. Each section is followed by problems.


As with the 1973 edition, Lewis (computer science, Harvard U.) and Papadamitriou (computer science, U. of California, Berkeley) provide an undergraduate text introducing the classical and contemporary theory of computation. While the treatment is mathematical, the viewpoint is that of computer science. Taking into account the generations of changes in computer science in the interim, their treatment of Turing machines, algorithm analysis, NP-completeness, and finite automata have been revised. Other topics covered are: sets, relations, and languages; context-free languages; undecidability; and computational complexity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.