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Discrete Mathematics for New Technology [Hardcover]

Rowan Garnier , John Taylor
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1 Jan 1992 0750301368 978-0750301367
Discrete Mathematics for New Technology has been designed to cover the core mathematics requirement for undergraduate computer science students in the UK and the USA. This has been approached in a comprehensive way whilst maintaining an easy to follow progression from the basic mathematical concepts covered by the GCSE in the UK and by high-school algebra in the USA, to the more sophisticated mathematical concepts examined in the latter stages of the book. The rigorous treatment of theory is punctuated by frequent use of pertinent examples. This is then reinforced with exercises to allow the reader to achieve a "feel" for the subject at hand. Hints and solutions are provided for these brain-teasers at the end of the book. Although aimed primarily at computer science students, the structured development of the mathematics enables this text to be used by undergraduate mathematicians, scientists and others who require an understanding of discrete mathematics. The topics covered include: logic and the nature of mathematical proof, set theory, relations and functions, matrices and systems of linear equations, algebraic structures, Boolean algebras and a thorough treatise on graph theory. The authors have extensive experience of teaching undergraduate mathematics at colleges and universities in the British and American systems. They have developed and taught courses for a variety of non-specialists and have established reputations for presenting rigorous mathematical concepts in a manner which is accessible to this audience. Their current research interests lie in the fields of algebra, topology and mathematics education. Discrete Mathematics for New Technology is therefore a rare thing; a readable, friendly textbook designed for non-mathematicians, presenting material which is at the foundations of mathematics itself. It is essential reading.

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  • Hardcover: 583 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis (1 Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750301368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750301367
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,475,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Garnier and Taylor, both at the University of Brighton, UK, offer a work on discrete mathematics sufficiently comprehensive to be used as a resource work in a variety of courses. . . Now in its second edition, it would also make an excellent general reference book on these areas . . . a fine undergraduate book." -- R L Pour, Emory and Henry College, in CHOICE "Provides an accessible introduction to discrete mathematics, including the core mathematics requirements for undergraduate computer science students." -- SciTech Book News, vol. 122 "This is the second edition of this accessible yet rigorous introduction to discrete mathematics. As in the first edition, the theory is illustrated by a large number of solved exercises. In this edition further exercises have been added, in particular at the routine level. In addition, some new material on typed set theory is included." -- S Teschl "The book is designed for students of computer science. It contains main mathematical topics needed in their undergraduate study. In the second edition, the authors added a lot of new exercises and examples, illustrating discussed concepts. The book contains a lot of well-ordered and nicely illustrated material" -- Vladimir Soucek, European Mathematical Society Newsletter, June 2004. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
With the set task of explaining the more theoretical fundamentals of computer programming, R Garnier and J Taylor have done a superb job of bringing the subject into the real world.
Easy to follow examples, realistic exercises and plain English explanations make this an excellent development tool for anyone looking to get a rock solid foundation for good programming practices.
With what can sometimes be a difficult subject to enlighten the reader, a somewhat light-hearted approach prevails to make this a very readable textbook.
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Concise, clear and full of exercises so you can make sure you got it before you go on. Do the exercises and you will get a solid understanding of the foundation of computer science.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Full of basic errors 19 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the kindle version of this book and must say that I am extremely disappointed as the book is full of mistakes. I have only read the first 2 chapters but have completely lost faith in the content. I bought this to give me a bit of a refresher as I have degree in computer science which I gained in 2008 so I do know what I am talking about and the mistakes I have noticed are in some of the most basic sections.

I cannot comment on the print version which may be fine but some of the earliest examples are just plain wrong and I can can only imagine that someone that doesn't already have a good understanding of logic might simply end up with an incorrect understanding of the subject. I have searched for an errata section online to see if these mistakes are mentioned but have so far not found one.

In conclusion, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
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With the set task of explaining the more theoretical fundamentals of computer programming, R Garnier and J Taylor have done a superb job of bringing the subject into the real world.
Easy to follow examples, realistic exercises and plain English explanations make this an excellent development tool for anyone looking to get a rock solid foundation for good programming practices.
With what can sometimes be a difficult subject to enlighten the reader, a somewhat light-hearted approach prevails to make this a very readable textbook.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition formatting renders book unusable 11 Aug 2013
By Ben Mills - Published on Amazon.com
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The authors have done a great job with the content. I'm sure the physical formats are great reads based on the kindle text that is readable. However, the kindle edition has so many issues where math symbols or other notational markings have been lost due to the translation that it's next to unreadable. You have to read each sentence two to three times in conjunction to the other sentences around it to figure out what the missing letters /symbols/markings were supposed to be. The exercises are unworkable as you can't tell what the question really was until you look at the answer to determine what symbols should have been there. In short, stick to physical layouts. The kindle edition has severe shortcomings at this time.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great even for Praxis Math test 22 Feb 2006
By John P. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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I originally purchased this book because the topics list had a lot of common items with the Praxis test list (for high school math teachers). Although I recognize this is a class textbook somewhere I did not take it in a class and simply used it for self-study. I found it to be one of the best math textbooks I've ever used for self-study. Although probably very few people checking out these reviews will be taking the Math Praxis test (WEST-E in Washington state), if you are then I highly recommend this text to study/review.

The text covers a wide range of topics, and in that sense it truly is good for students considering technology or computer programming. It is also good in many parts for people who work with databases and are interested in learning more about the mathematics behind databases. It also has an interesting and reasonably well developed chapter on graph theory which can appeal to a wide range of fields - in some ways the introductory level approach to this field is perfect as it can easily be explored by people not wildly interested in mathematics and yet they can find find relevance in almost any field.

Topics covered include functions, set theory, graph theory and some basic combinatorics. This book provides a good foundation for each area, but understandably specializing in the mathematics of any particular field requires additional specialized texts.

One of the best specifics and strengths of the text is a multi-page multi-example review of injective/surjective/bijective functions. Usually these terms are described in a terse sentence or two each - this text gives pages of examples,pictures, etc.

This book is accessible to students whom have successfully completed a strong algebra/geometry sequence... precalculus will help but is not absolutely necessary.
8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You... 30 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
...for cleaning up Johnsonbaugh's mess. I bought this as a supplemental text for a DM course using Johnsonbaugh's book. Thank god I bought this book!
5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a very good text book for college student 18 Sep 1996
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Format:Paperback
This book is clear,had a lot of very good examples and
easy to understand.
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