There are a lot of great computer science books to read for beginners. These books have clear writing and excellent illustrations that will help new students understand each section of an algorithm. The authors of these books have a PhD in Computer Science, so they should know what they are talking about! Some of the books I recommend for beginners are Algorithms for Beginners by Brian Christian, Choices and Ouders by Tom Griffiths, A Practical Guide to Computer Organization by Jennifer Greene, and The Big Book on Scientific Computing.
These books are great for people who are learning either because they want to learn more about computer science or because they want to improve specific skills. For example, if you are someone who wants to understand machine learning so you can work with machine learning databases or understand the inner workings of a trading strategy, then you might want to start reading these books. On the other hand, if you would like to learn specific skills, such as optimization or testing, then you will probably be better served learning those specific skills in a specific computer science book.
In addition to the books listed above, there are other excellent books on the market that cater to specific skills. For example, Andrew Stellman and Jason Reisler have an excellent book on formalizing computer science. It is an excellent introduction to programming languages and covers topics like program design, specification, optimization, and data structures. Another great book on specific skills is Learning Digital Photography. It is very helpful to anyone who needs to master specific digital photography techniques. Programmers and scientists who need to learn about numerical analysis can benefit from this book.
There are also several excellent computer science books to read for beginners in the field of applied mathematics. One of my favorites is Applied Mathematics in Six Weeks. This book provides a great intro to mathematically structured thought processes and is recommended for high school students who are preparing to take the SAT. It is written in a very accessible style and is a wonderful resource for students preparing for standardized tests such as the SAT.
Andrew M. Tanenbaum and Jennifer M. Tran’s Data Structures in Computer Science: An Introduction is a great choice for beginners. This text is an excellent introduction to the world of computer science and serves as a good textbook for advanced learners. The authors introduce each topic with clear and precise detail and go through each concept with full precision. They cover everything from memory representation to greedy algorithms and exhaustive calculations. This text is a perfect primer for anyone who is planning to take the SAT. It includes practice tests and explanations of concepts that will help prepare students for the exam.
If you are a student currently taking the SAT, this is the book for you. The authors of the second edition of Applied Computing Research in Information Security and Information Services, comb through many topics in more detail than their first edition. They cover such areas as large scale computer systems, real-life case studies, and contemporary applications to problems in information security and are accompanied by fully revised and expanded introductory chapters on computing theory. The authors detail their findings in both mathematical and statistical form, and the book is an excellent resource for those taking the test.
Garfinkel, Rudolph, and van Rooyen, editor-in-chief of ACR, have added new material to three of their earlier books in the computer science series. The publishers, Addison publications, have retained the detailed accounts of their earlier works while making them more streamlined for easier reading. The second edition of Patterns of Enterprise Application brings together the third and fourth volumes of the series, consolidating all of the relevant material into one volume. The main topic areas are performance analysis and verification, discrete and non-discrete optimization, applied problems in optimization and scheduling, and verification technologies. In addition, the editors have added a new chapter dealing with emerging technologies in this field.
The authors conclude their book with a concise survey of recent developments in applied areas of computer science. Their research has extended and blossomed beyond traditional areas of mathematics and computation, bringing machine learning, artificial intelligence, and software design to fore. Computational complexity theory, operational procedures for designing efficient and accurate programs, and algorithms for solving problems in databases, networks, and applications have all been the subject of new research, with the authors examining such diverse areas as applied computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and programming language.