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Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

His Life, Work, and Legacy

July 14, 2022 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781450397711
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Edsger Wybe Dijkstra (1930-2002) was one of the most influential researchers in the history of computer science, making fundamental contributions to both the theory and practice of computing. Early in his career, he proposed the single-source shortest path algorithm, now commonly referred to as Dijkstra's algorithm. He wrote (with Jaap Zonneveld) the first ALGOL 60 compiler, and designed and implemented with his colleagues the influential THE operating system. Dijkstra invented the field of concurrent algorithms, with concepts such as mutual exclusion, deadlock detection, and synchronization. A prolific writer and forceful proponent of the concept of structured programming, he convincingly argued against the use of the Go To statement. In 1972 he was awarded the ACM Turing Award for "fundamental contributions to programming as a high, intellectual challenge; for eloquent insistence and practical demonstration that programs should be composed correctly, not just debugged into correctness; for illuminating perception of problems at the foundations of program design." Subsequently he invented the concept of self-stabilization relevant to fault-tolerant computing. He also devised an elegant language for nondeterministic programming and its weakest precondition semantics, featured in his influential 1976 book A Discipline of Programming in which he advocated the development of programs in concert with their correctness proofs. In the later stages of his life, he devoted much attention to the development and presentation of mathematical proofs, providing further support to his long-held view that the programming process should be viewed as a mathematical activity.

In this unique new book, 31 computer scientists, including five recipients of the Turing Award, present and discuss Dijkstra's numerous contributions to computing science and assess their impact. Several authors knew Dijkstra as a friend, teacher, lecturer, or colleague. Their biographical essays and tributes provide a fascinating multi-author picture of Dijkstra, from the early days of his career up to the end of his life.

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About this Author

Krzysztof R. Aptis a Fellow at CWI (Centre Mathematics and Computer Science) in Amsterdam and Affiliated Professor at the University of Warsaw. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Amsterdam. He earned his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in 1974. During his scientific career, he held tenure positions in Poland, France, the USA, and the Netherlands. Apt published four books and several articles in computer science, mathematical logic, and, more recently, theoretical economics. In computer science his research interests have included program correctness and semantics, use of logic as a programming language, design of programming languages, distributed computing, and algorithmic game theory. For the past 20 years he has been involved in a number of initiatives aiming at open access to scientific publications. He is a member of Academia Europaea, the founder and first Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Computational Logic, and past president of the Association for Logic Programming. Together with Tony Hoare, he is the editor of this volume.

ISBN: 9781450397711
Format: Trade Paperback
Series: ACM Books
Pages: 574
Publisher: ACM Books
Published: 2022-07-14

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