The arrival of spring brings us a major milestone: we just logged into our book archive the ten-thousandth book published by the MIT Press!
Book #10,000 is Algorithms Unlocked by Thomas H. Cormen. Professor Cormen (Dartmouth) has written an engaging guide to the basics of computer algorithms for the general reader. Algorithms are all around us and this book uses real-life examples, good humor, and only a minimum of mathematics to explain what they are and what they do.
Tom Cormen is no stranger to publishing milestones. He is the co-author with Ronald Rivest and Charles Leiserson (both at MIT) and Clifford Stein (Columbia), of Introduction to Algorithms, the leading college textbook in this field and a perennial MIT Press bestseller. Cormen and his co-authors recently celebrated achieving lifetime sales of more than 500,000 copies of their textbook. (Our textbook!)
We are publishing Algorithms Unlocked as an original paperback; its official publication date is April 22, 2013. The MIT Press team for the title includes Marie Lee (with thanks to Jim DeWolf), Marc Lowenthal, Ginny Crossman, Yasuyo Iguchi, Molly Seamans, Janet Rossi, and Colleen Lanick.
The word "unlocked" in book #10,000's title serves to remind us of all the knowledge that has been unlocked by the MIT Press since book #1 was archived in 1926. More significant than turning over a round number on the locked library odometer is the opportunity to pause for reflection on the quality of the titles now in our archive and the contributions they have made to scholarship. These result from the dedicated efforts of the MIT Press authors and staff, both past and present.
Ellen W. Faran
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