Foundations of Computer Science: From Data Manipulation to Theory of Computation successfully provides students with an overview of the many specializations within the field of computer science. Although many incoming freshman students are familiar with computers, they are often unaware of the broad field of computer science beyond the task of programming. Behrouz Forouzan has developed a five-part approach to introduce students to different aspects of the discipline without overwhelming them with technical detail. These topics include computer and data, computer hardware, computer software, data organization, and advanced topics. Throughout the book, Forouzan emphasizes the concept rather than the mathematical model, and difficult topics are supplemented with visual aids as needed to help students grasp concepts.
This book offers a new perspective on human decision-making by comparing the established methods in decision science with innovative modelling at the level of neurons and neural interactions. The book presents a new generation of computer models, which can predict with astonishing accuracy individual economic choices when people make them by quick intuition rather than by effort. A vision for a new kind of social science is outlined, whereby neural models of emotion and cognition capture the dynamics of socioeconomic systems and virtual social networks. The exposition is approachable by experts as well as by advanced students. The author is an Associate Professor of Decision Science with a doctorate in Computational Neuroscience, and a former software consultant to banks in the City of London.
"Computer Science Applications: Object Oriented Programming "is a comprehensive anthology of reference articles for first and second semester Computer Science courses. These articles, drawn from a wide variety of sources and experiences, include detailed discussions, explanations and examples that deliver an engaging learning experience for students. Using high-level concepts, rather than simply focusing on the syntax of Java, this text delivers a complete and in-depth coverage of all the essential topics typically found in the CS1 and CS2 syllabi."Computer Science Applications" is divided into seven sections, each prefaced by an overview of the topic:
Joslyn A. Smith graduated from The Mico Teachers' College, Jamaica, in 1973. He furthered his studies at Central Connecticut State University, USA, where he earned his BS and MS degrees in Mathematics in 1983. He also earned an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick, Canada in 1994. Mr. Smith then joined the staff at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica where he lectured in Computer Science for 14 years. He currently teaches Computer Science at Florida International University (FIU).
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Science education as currently undertaken in schools is generally too narrow in its conceptualisation and this is a major reason why it fails to engage many young people. This book provides a unified framework for understanding the scope, the purpose and the pedagogies of science education in the settings of school, out-of-school, further education, higher education and lifelong learning. It shows how science education can be reframed in a way that is true to science, true to education and engages with learners, of whatever age.
There are a number of reasons why such a book is timely. For a start, increasing globalisation means that we need a better vision of how science learning in a country can connect to international issues in a way that does not simply involve the importation of Western values and practices. More pragmatically, governments in 'developed' countries are increasingly aware that too many people currently become turned off science during their formative years. At the same time, it is increasingly evident that school science usually does not take enough account of student diversity, particularly with regard to how students learn science and what they find engaging.
There is an urgent need for science education, both inside and outside of schools, to recapture a vision of how we can understand the natural world and how we should wisely and considerately make use of that knowledge. The book therefore is wide ranging yet strongly focused, using examples to illustrate its general points. It draws on writings about epistemology, about the history and philosophy of science, about the nature of learning and the purpose of the curriculum. It critically examines present assumptions about science education, whether stated or not, and propose specific, if sometimes only partial, solutions.
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