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Unformatted text preview: line. Summing Up: Highly recommended. *‘k‘k History of technology and business collections, upper»division undergraduates and above—K fl. Winonroi, Central College 50-0322 QAFB 201 1—4?92B MARC McGeoch, Catherine C. A guide to experimental algorithmics. Cambridge, 2012. 261 p bibl index ISBN 9231102001232, $09.00; lSBN WEBSZI 12301 B pblt, $39.99 Experimental algorithmics deals with the practical aspects of algorithm implementations. Despite the existence of several journals and conferences in this area for more than a decade, few dedicated textbooks have been written thus far, complementing equally rare reviews on the subject. McGeoch [Amherst College] is one of the pioneers in the field. In this well-written work, she presents a variety ofempirically established guidelines for conducting computational experiments. To make the most of the book's material. the reader should be knowledgeable in algorithm and data structure design, and versed in a structured programming language. Indeed, the numerous examples that demonstrate the proposed guidelines involve elaborate algorithm analysis experiments, where understanding the corresponding code snippets will be key to comprehending the techniques to test, tune, or improve the code. The book could use a more detailed table of contents and index, and a batter overall structure, which would enhance its use as a reference text. Concise examples could also beneficially replace the elaborate ones drawn from the author’s other work. Dvorall, the book is a desirable companion to algorithm analysis texts, and will greatly benefit the algorithm experimenter community. Summing Up: Recommended. *1? Upperedivision undergraduates through professionals—D. Popornicooiifi Unioersig: ofMionri 50—0323 Tlti'flhs 2011-33591 CIP Shneidewind, Norman F. (amputer, network, software, and hard- ware engineering with applications. IEEE PressiWiley, 2012. 596p index ISBN 9?3111B032454,$135.00 This book is a tour de force of modern complex computing syStems. The approach of the text is to establish metrics and integration across all aspects of a modern system including applications, hardware, and networking, as well as the individuals involved in the daily use and maintenance of the system. The topics range from the logic and construction of the microprocessor to heuristics evaluating the interaction of the system as a whole. This is not a work for beginners; Shneidewind (emce, Naval Postgraduate School] dives straight into deep mathematics with a pace that requires significant prior experience in the field. The overall philosophy of the text is worth considering and incorporating into existing system planning and software design methodologies. The results of the metrics and examples ofcommon and relatable examples like web page retrieval and the messaging behavior for summoning an elevator do provide strong evidence for the need for holistic integration and consideration of all the elements involved. This is a tome best considered by experienced practitioners looking at improving their processes. Summing Up: Recommended. ** Researchersifaculty and professionalsipractitioners.——I D. Richardson, Search University 50-0324 H‘v'fi? 3'3 201 1 -331 10 {HP Web of deceit: misinformation and manipulation in the age of social media, ed. by Anne P. Mintz. CyberAge Booksilnforma- tion Today, 2012. 199p index Isan ootossssts pbk, $24.95; can stream osssste pbk, $24.95 121 (Hi llilli was iy‘Deeeir, edited by information professional Iviinta, is a follow- up to her was offleeepiion {2002}. While the earlier book focused on the misinformation available online, Whit of Deceit adds the dangers that have grown with the increased use of the Internet, such as identity theft. phishing attacks, and e-commerce scams. Each of the seven contributed chapters is well researched and provides documented examples of the crimes and frauds found online. More importantly, the chapters help readers to protect themselves on social networking sites, safeguard their personal information available on the web, avoid e-mail Trojans and scams, and learn how to evaluate websites for misinformation. the of Deceit is an eye-opening look into how the information that users provide via their social networking accounts can provide enough information for someone to access their e-mail accounts, their bank accounts, and their homes. This book should be required reading for both new and jaded users ofonline environments. Summing Up: Highly recommended. think All readership levels—A. Hoiiirrer; Broome Community College Mathematics 50-0325 04.03 2011-31426 CIP Bennett, Jeffrey. Math for life: crucial ideas you didn't learn in school. Roberts and Company, 2012. 211p indexes ISBN 9?31935221431, $25.00 Bennett, an astrophysicist, educator. and author [e.g., Beyond UFfls, CH, Nov’flii, 46-1449) presents an insightful look at the crucial role mathematics plays in understanding the complexities of today’s society; however such relevant considerations are rarely addressed in mathematics education. The premise is simple: basic quantitative reasoning is clearly necessary when one is making personal decisions about taking out a mortgage, playing the lottery, or trying to understand the complexities of the banking crisis, global warming, population dynamics, the US debt, or energy costs. Traditionally, educators do not prepare students to perform this type of reasoning as informed citizens. The author’s pleasant, conversational style shows that such insight can be developed without obscure or high-level computation. The ability to reoognixe relevant aspects of quantitative reasoning while avoiding the “I’m not good at math" syndrome should be both a personal and an educational goal. In the epilogue, Bennett indicates how educators at all levels should adapt their goals, calling for inspired teachers to help students learn to use mathematics as a meaningfully applied tool. Any reader, but especially parents, politicians, and professional educators, would benefit from reading this book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. *‘k* All levelsilibraries.—fv". W: Schii'iow, Lehigd Cordon Community College 50-0320 QAfil 2 201 1-34153 IICIF‘I Carter, J. Scott. An excursion in diagrammatic algebra: turning a sphere from red to blue. World Scientific, 2012. 225p bibl index afp {K B: E series on knots and everything, 43} lSBl-l 9B14324490, $103.00; ISBN B?BBB143?4491, $103.00 Facing a self-styled “excursion in diagrammatic algebra" in which the only recognisable algebraic expressions are the equations for such simple geometric objects as lines, planes, circles, and spheres, one feels a bit like the young lad who, seeing a near-naked emperor, feels swindled by the absence of the promised new clothes. But there is no swindle here. Rather, to record the stages through which a sphere must pass in the course of becoming “evened" (getting smoothly and gradually. but inexorably, turned inside out through intermediate stages with self- September 2012 ...
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