From Computing to Computational Thinking

Paul S. Wang

October 9, 2015 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Reference - 266 Pages - 130 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482217650 - CAT# K22114


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  • Explains computing from an end-user viewpoint, highlights particular CT concepts, and illustrates how to apply CT to solve problems
  • Applies core CT concepts to common real-life situations, making the book readable, relevant, and practical
  • Includes engaging illustrations and diagrams to demonstrate concepts
  • Presents real problems from different fields where CT can be applied to find solutions
  • Requires no programming background and uses pseudocode to illustrate procedures and algorithms
  • Introduces the new verb, computize. Definition: To apply computational thinking; to view, consider, analyze, design, plan, work, and solve problems from a computational perspective
  • Provides interactive demos and other resources on the accompanying website,


Computational Thinking (CT) involves fundamental concepts and reasoning, distilled from computer science and other computational sciences, which become powerful general mental tools for solving problems, increasing efficiency, reducing complexity, designing procedures, or interacting with humans and machines. An easy-to-understand guidebook, From Computing to Computational Thinking gives you the tools for understanding and using CT. It does not assume experience or knowledge of programming or of a programming language, but explains concepts and methods for CT with clarity and depth.

Successful applications in diverse disciplines have shown the power of CT in problem solving. The book uses puzzles, games, and everyday examples as starting points for discussion and for connecting abstract thinking patterns to real-life situations. It provides an interesting and thought-provoking way to gain general knowledge about modern computing and the concepts and thinking processes underlying modern digital technologies.