Dr. E. F. Codd, for those who don't know of him, is the inventor of the Relational Model for Database. And this magisterial book stands as a clear and concise articulation of the theory and practice on which this model is founded. Now, Dr. Codd was a mathematician. However, the writing is not overly riddled with formulaic representatiions. In fact, the writing is stunningly clear, and convincing.
Personally, I was introduced to the relational model formally in 1984 and began working on relational database design at that time. In the mid-to-late eighties, I was privileged to work for Oracle Corporation, the leading standalone relational database software product vendor. In fact, I was even fortunate enough to meet with Oracle founder and President, Larry Ellison, on a couple of occassions. My work over these past twenty-five years and serious study of these matters leads me to the conclusion that Dr. Codd's invention of the Relational Model was one of the most important things to have happened to the data processing industry in the last half of the last century.
This book is truly excellent and extraordinary. Recent works by Chris Date, and other sophists, truly pale in comparison to Dr. Codd's magnificent work. This book should occupy an honored place in the library of any person who is serious about modern database work. God bless.