1st Edition

Becoming a Computational Thinker Success in the Digital Age

By Paul S Wang Copyright 2024
    331 Pages 187 Color & 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    331 Pages 187 Color & 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    331 Pages 187 Color & 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    This book has a single purpose: to help everyone become computational thinkers. Computational thinking (CT) is thinking informed by the digital age, and a computational thinker is someone who can apply that thinking everywhere and anywhere. Through practical examples and easy-to-grasp terminology, this book is a guide to navigating the digital world and improving one’s efficiency, productivity, and success immediately.

    Given its pervasiveness, knowledge and experience of computation is a cornerstone of productivity, and improved thinking will lead to advances in every aspect of one’s life. In this way, CT can be thought of as the mutual reinforcement of thinking and knowledge of computation in the digital age. Comprising a rich collection of self-contained articles that can be read separately, and illustrated by pictures, images and article-end crossword puzzles, this book is an engaging and accessible route to ‘Becoming a Computational Thinker’ and achieving ‘Success in the Digital Age’.

    Aimed at the general reader, this book provides insights that can be applied across the full spectrum of industries and practices, helping readers to not only adapt and function in the digital world but also take advantage of new technologies and even innovate new ways doing things.

    Additional online resources are available at https://computize.org/CTer/



    Computational Thinking: An Introduction


    1.      Everyday Computational Thinking Can Save Lives

    2.      Digital Technologies in the COVID-19 Fight

    3.      The Metamorphosis of TV

    4.      Smart About Smartphones

    5.      Cyber Security – How Not to Be a Fish

    6.      Computers: More Than Meets the Eye

    7.      Home Sweet Homepage :-)

    8.      Cloud Computing for Everyone

    9.      A Pattern Here and a Pattern There

    10.  AI: Aiming for Intelligence

    11.  Let’s Chat About AI

    12.  A World of 1’s and 0’s

    13.  Secrets of the Can-Do Machine

    14.  Encryption in the Digital Age

    15.  Bitcoin Is No Coin

    16.  Central Bank Digital Currency

    17.  Logic & Logical Thinking

    18.  1 Plus 1 Equals 10

    19.  Cache – Efficiency Thinking

    20.  Time for Location, Location, Location

    21.  Face to Face with the Interface

    22.  Protocols Are Interface Rules

    23.  Computer Programming by Chickens and Rabbits

    24.  Don’t Stop – Do It Again!

    25.  Internet of What? Things!

    26.  Chips Are Everywhere

    27.  Problem Solving: Algorithmic & Recursive

    28.  Problem Solving: Backtracking & Heuristics

    29.  Problem Solving: Paradigms & Applications

    30.  Parallel Computing: Ways to Cooperate


    Becoming a Computational Thinker: A Summary




    Paul S. Wang is an author, computer scientist, researcher, consultant, and academic. He is a Ph.D. and faculty from MIT with over 40 years of experience in teaching and book publishing. His current interest is in introducing Computational Thinking to all the people.