Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction – Book Review

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 3.20.55 PMI have been writing code ever since I was a teenager, and these days it’s a major part of my work life. However, I have never had the opportunity to formally study Computer Science. Over the years, I have picked up quite a few concepts here and there, and have even followed a set of lectures on algorithm design, but have never bothered trying to get a “Big Picture” understanding. After reading this short book, I feel I have finally gotten a good basic foundation of this field. The book is incredibly well written, informative, and interesting. The author obviously has a very good grasp of the subject. This is definitely not a pedantic “stamp collecting” amalgamation of various CS topics, but a very skillful and thoughtful presentation of the field as a whole. I especially found fascinating the parts of the book that deal with recent attempts to make connection between Computer Science, Mathematics and in particular Natural Sciences. Overall, this is an excellent book and well worth reading for anyone interested in general overview of Computer Science. Highly recommended.


Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: Twitter: Google+:

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