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Computing Tomorrow

Computing Tomorrow
Future Research Directions in Computer Science

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M. D. Atkinson, P. J. Brown, Alan Bundy, John Darlington, Yi-ke Guo, Hing Wing To, J. H. Davenport, Gerald Gazdar, P. M. D. Gray, J. R. Gurd, C. B. Jones, C. A. R. Hoare, Mathai Joseph, Bev Littlewood, John A. McDermid, Robin Milner, R. M. Needham, William Newman, Simon Peyton Jones
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  • Date Published: October 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521460859

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  • First published in 1996, this collection of essays by distinguished computer scientists celebrates the achievements of research and speculates about the unsolved problems in computer science that require future investigation. Since the subject stretches from technology in the field, through engineering design to foundations in mathematics, there is a wide variety of concerns and approaches among the authors. The book's purpose is to show that long-term research in computer science is crucial and that it must not be driven solely by commercial considerations. The authors do not shirk the difficult aspects of their topics, but try to expose them in the simplest terms possible without diluting them, in order that the reader can understand the issues involved. Thus the book also represents a broad overview of much of the state of knowledge and future expectations of computer science, illustrating that it is much more than a technology and it is a fully fledged and growing intellectual discipline with its own engineering principles and its own scientific concepts and models. It will be stimulating reading because it represents the views of prominent authorities who have had a significant impact on the direction of innovation, research and development in computer science.

    • Stimulating and readable essays by world class computer scientists
    • Gives overview of main achievements and directions in computer science
    • Covers the full breadth of computer science
    • Contributors have international reputation; one cited by Bill Gates in the NY Times as one of the ten most influential figures of the post war period
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    Review of the hardback: 'Computing Tomorrow lifts you out of the usual lemming hype about computers to the central research issues … these 16 essays by leading British academics range from the overacting human issues, down to the fascinating mathematical problems.' New Scientist

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    • Date Published: October 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521460859
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The complexity of algorithms M. D. Atkinson
    2. Building novel software: the researcher and the marketplace P. J. Brown
    3. Prospects for artificial intelligence Alan Bundy
    4. Structured parallel programming: theory meets practice John Darlington, Yi-ke Guo and Hing Wing To
    5. Computer science and mathematics J. H. Davenport
    6. Paradigm merger in natural language processing Gerald Gazdar
    7. Large databases and knowledge reuse P. M. D. Gray
    8. The global-yet-personal information system J. R. Gurd and C. B. Jones
    9. Algebra and models C. A. R. Hoare
    10. Real-time computing Mathai Joseph
    11. Evaluation of software dependability Bev Littlewood
    12. Engineering safety-critical systems John A. McDermid
    13. Semantic ideas in computing Robin Milner
    14. Computers and communications R. M. Needham
    15. Interactive computing in tomorrow's computer science William Newman
    16. On the importance of being the right size Simon Peyton Jones

  • Editors

    Ian Wand, University of York

    Robin Milner, University of Cambridge


    M. D. Atkinson, P. J. Brown, Alan Bundy, John Darlington, Yi-ke Guo, Hing Wing To, J. H. Davenport, Gerald Gazdar, P. M. D. Gray, J. R. Gurd, C. B. Jones, C. A. R. Hoare, Mathai Joseph, Bev Littlewood, John A. McDermid, Robin Milner, R. M. Needham, William Newman, Simon Peyton Jones

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