Foundation Mathematics for Computer Science: A Visual Approach (Paperback)
  • Foundation Mathematics for Computer Science: A Visual Approach (Paperback)

Foundation Mathematics for Computer Science: A Visual Approach (Paperback)

Paperback 334 Pages / Published: 07/08/2015
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John Vince describes a range of mathematical topics to provide a foundation for an undergraduate course in computer science, starting with a review of number systems and their relevance to digital computers, and finishing with differential and integral calculus. Readers will find that the author's visual approach will greatly improve their understanding as to why certain mathematical structures exist, together with how they are used in real-world applications.

Each chapter includes full-colour illustrations to clarify the mathematical descriptions, and in some cases, equations are also coloured to reveal vital algebraic patterns. The numerous worked examples will consolidate comprehension of abstract mathematical concepts.

Foundation Mathematics for Computer Science covers number systems, algebra, logic, trigonometry, coordinate systems, determinants, vectors, matrices, geometric matrix transforms, differential and integral calculus, and reveals the names of the mathematicians behind such inventions. During this journey, John Vince touches upon more esoteric topics such as quaternions, octonions, Grassmann algebra, Barycentric coordinates, transfinite sets and prime numbers. Whether you intend to pursue a career in programming, scientific visualisation, systems design, or real-time computing, you should find the author's literary style refreshingly lucid and engaging, and prepare you for more advanced texts.

Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN: 9783319214368
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 5969 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2015


"Computer graphics/animation specialist Vince ... presents a detailed list of facts from the areas of mathematics that students may need before taking a course in computer science. ... the best use of the book is as a reference source. In that regard, the book may help readers because it includes relevant facts from all the mentioned fields in one place. Summing Up: Recommended. Only comprehensive mathematics collections serving lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers." (M. Bona, Choice, Vol. 53 (9), May, 2016)

"It is an amazing achievement that so many concepts are explained in one well-written book. This will give a great start as well as a solid foundation to anyone aspiring to a career in computer science, whether it be programming, big data, visualization, or another area. I highly recommend it to final-year high school students or first-year undergraduate students." (Naga Narayanaswamy, Computing Reviews, November, 2015)

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