# Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science (2nd Edition)

By Donald E. Knuth

This e-book introduces the math that helps complicated machine programming and the research of algorithms. the first goal of its recognized authors is to supply an effective and suitable base of mathematical talents - the abilities had to remedy advanced difficulties, to guage horrendous sums, and to find refined styles in info. it's an fundamental textual content and reference not just for laptop scientists - the authors themselves depend seriously on it! - yet for critical clients of arithmetic in almost each discipline.

Concrete arithmetic is a mixing of constant and disCRETE arithmetic. "More concretely," the authors clarify, "it is the managed manipulation of mathematical formulation, utilizing a suite of ideas for fixing problems." the subject material is essentially a diffusion of the Mathematical Preliminaries part in Knuth's vintage paintings of desktop Programming, however the sort of presentation is extra leisurely, and person themes are coated extra deeply. numerous new issues were additional, and the main major rules were traced to their ancient roots. The publication contains greater than 500 routines, divided into six different types. whole solutions are supplied for all workouts, other than examine difficulties, making the publication rather worthy for self-study.

Major issues include:

- Sums
- Recurrences
- Integer functions
- Elementary quantity theory
- Binomial coefficients
- Generating functions
- Discrete probability
- Asymptotic methods

This moment version comprises vital new fabric approximately mechanical summation. in line with the frequent use of the 1st version as a reference booklet, the bibliography and index have additionally been improved, and extra nontrivial advancements are available on virtually each web page. Readers will have fun with the casual kind of Concrete arithmetic. quite stress-free are the marginal graffiti contributed by way of scholars who've taken classes in response to this fabric. The authors are looking to exhibit not just the significance of the thoughts awarded, yet many of the enjoyable in studying and utilizing them.

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