San Francisco, CA (September 15, 2016)—In The CS Detective, Google engineer and author Jeremy Kubica introduces readers to the algorithms that power computer science by putting his own twist on a classic detective story.
In The CS Detective (No Starch Press, $17.95, 256 pp., August 2016), half humorous detective tale, half introduction to the essentials of search algorithms (algorithms that find information within data), readers meet Frank Runtime, disgraced ex-detective turned private eye and search expert. When Frank’s former police chief suspects a traitor in the ranks, he turns to Frank to crack the case. Luckily, Frank has no shortage of algorithms at his disposal to get the job done.
Readers follow Frank’s investigation as they learn about search algorithms like best-first and breadth-first search, iterative deepening, exhaustive search, parallelizing, and more. With Frank’s help, readers learn when to apply intuitive methods, and how to adapt search algorithms to unusual situations.
A unique new way to introduce beginners to high-level technical topics, The CS Detective adds to the collection of bestselling, forward-thinking STEM books that No Starch Press has published for more than 20 years. “Like the Manga Guides to math and science, here’s a book that takes a technical topic and makes it fun and approachable by embedding it in a compelling story,” says No Starch Press founder, Bill Pollock. “We’ve seen this work over and over with topics like molecular biology, physics, electricity, and biochemistry, so why not search algorithms?”
Author Jeremy Kubica explains his motivations for writing The CS Detective: “I hope readers will develop intuition about how algorithms actually work and how to think about solving problems with computer science. I want to help them get excited about the field.”
The CS Detective is available now online and in fine bookstores everywhere.
Interviews with Jeremy Kubica are available upon request.
The CS Detective
Publisher: No Starch Press
Author: Jeremy Kubica
ISBN: 978-1-59327-749-9 (print)
Publication Date: August 2016
Specs: 256 pp.
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