April 3, 2008

Book recommendations – 2

Filed under: Book, Neuroscience — krsrk @ 2:39 pm

Origins of Neuroscience – A history of explorations into Brain Function

It is available online.. Fascinating book on how we have come to know the brain as we see it now(Not really now..)

I don’t know how long will it available for free(Thanks to Michael for the pointer).


March 21, 2008

Books Recommendation – 1

Filed under: Book — krsrk @ 1:21 am

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs


From Foreword…

Our traffic with the subject matter of this book involves us with three foci of phenomena: the human mind, collections of computer programs, and the computer. Every computer program is a model, hatched in the mind, of a real or mental process. These processes, arising from human experience and thought, are huge in number, intricate in detail, and at any time only partially understood. They are modeled to our permanent satisfaction rarely by our computer programs. Thus even though our programs are carefully handcrafted discrete collections of symbols, mosaics of interlocking functions, they continually evolve: we change them as our perception of the model deepens, enlarges, generalizes until the model ultimately attains a metastable place within still another model with which we struggle. The source of the exhilaration associated with computer programming is the continual unfolding within the mind and on the computer of mechanisms expressed as programs and the explosion of perception they generate. If art interprets our dreams, the computer executes them in the guise of programs!

From Preface….

Our design of this introductory computer-science subject reflects two major concerns. First, we want to establish the idea that a computer language is not just a way of getting a computer to perform operations but rather that it is a novel formal medium for expressing ideas about methodology. Thus, programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute. Second, we believe that the essential material to be addressed by a subject at this level is not the syntax of particular programming-language constructs, nor clever algorithms for computing particular functions efficiently, nor even the mathematical analysis of algorithms and the foundations of computing, but rather the techniques used to control the intellectual complexity of large software systems.

  • If u want to become a better programmer
  • A different kind of introductory computer science text
  • It is freely available online [Online copy]
  • If you can’t concentrate on your work for a long time, it is a good read to stimulate your brain.
  • Help you understand the brain 😉
  • Video lectures can be downloaded as well (Thanks to Vijendar)

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