Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science

What Is Computer Science?

An Information Security Perspective

Authors: Page, Daniel, Smart, Nigel

  • <p>Explains the fundamental topics in computer science using a set of easily identifiable examples and applications</p>
  • <p>Provides a unified approach, offering exercises that can be reproduced by the reader without the need for any prior programming experience</p>
  • <p>Presents each topic in the form of a "mini" lecture course, demonstrating how it allows us to solve real problems</p>
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About this Textbook

This engaging and accessible text addresses the fundamental question: What Is Computer Science? The book showcases a set of representative concepts broadly connected by the theme of information security, for which the presentation of each topic can be treated as a "mini" lecture course, demonstrating how it allows us to solve real problems, as well as how it relates to other subjects. The discussions are further supported by numerous examples and practical hands-on exercises. Features: presents a concise introduction to the study of algorithms and describes how computers work; introduces the concepts of data compression, and error detection and correction; highlights the role of data structures; explores the topic of web-search; reviews both historic and modern cryptographic schemes, examines how a physical system can leak information and discusses the idea of randomness; investigates the science of steganography; provides additional supplementary material at an associated website.

About the authors

Dr. Daniel Page and Prof. Nigel Smart are lecturers in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol, UK, affiliated to the Cryptography and Information Security Group. Daniel Page is also the author of the Springer textbook A Practical Introduction to Computer Architecture.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The main audience of this textbook is students (either currently studying subjects related to CS or thinking about enrolling in that area of study) as well as teachers (who might use the book when preparing and developing courses and teaching materials). … The book can facilitate independent learning. … the book walks its readers through relevant and reasonably detailed examples, providing relatable ideas that will help them grasp these concepts.” (Budi Arief, Computing Reviews, May, 2014)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Compressing and Correcting Digital Media

    Page, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 3-32

  • Writing and Comparing Algorithms

    Page, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 33-52

  • Playing Hide-and-Seek with Virus Scanners

    Page, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 53-75

  • How Long Is a Piece of String?

    Page, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 77-97

  • Demystifying Web-Search: the Mathematics of PageRank

    Page, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 99-124

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-04042-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-04041-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What Is Computer Science?
Book Subtitle
An Information Security Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04042-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04042-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-04041-7
Series ISSN
1863-7310
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 232
Number of Illustrations and Tables
84 b/w illustrations
Topics