Computational Complexity

A Conceptual Perspective


Complexity theory is a central field of the theoretical foundations of computer science. It is concerned with the general study of the intrinsic complexity of computational tasks; that is, it addresses the question of what can be achieved within limited time (and/or with other limited natural computational resources). This book offers a conceptual perspective on complexity theory. It is intended to serve as an introduction for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, either as a textbook or for self-study. The book will also be useful to experts, since it provides expositions of the various sub-areas of complexity theory such as hardness amplification, pseudorandomness and probabilistic proof systems. In each case, the author starts by posing the intuitive questions that are addressed by the sub-area and then discusses the choices made in the actual formulation of these questions, the approaches that lead to the answers, and the ideas that are embedded in these answers.
  • Cambridge University Press; April 2008
  • ISBN: 9780511402685
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  • Title: Computational Complexity
  • Author: Oded Goldreich
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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"This interesting book... is refreshing to read his [Goldreichs'] opinions... The very strong focus on conceptual issues makes the book indispensible as a reference volume for research libraries."
M. Bona, University of Florida, CHOICE