Where can I get the photo of “Introduction to automata theory, languages and computation” by Hopcroft and Ullman '79 (first edition) cover in order to be able to read all the phrases placed on the cover? Obviously the ones that gave me Google.Images (from Wikipedia, Amazon and others) do not allow this.

Solved: http://mmcs.sfedu.ru/~ulysses/Pics/Hopcroft-Ullman-79-cover.jpg

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    $\begingroup$ I believe this is irrelevant to this site. $\endgroup$ – Mohammad Alaggan Oct 28 '10 at 16:48
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    $\begingroup$ it's not that bad a question $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Oct 28 '10 at 16:52
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    $\begingroup$ It is as offtopic as any basic question, Suresh. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Oct 28 '10 at 17:07
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    $\begingroup$ I think such a question would be allowed on MathOverflow, and hence I am in favour of allowing it here. $\endgroup$ – Robin Kothari Oct 28 '10 at 17:18
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    $\begingroup$ In general I think we should not encourage questions of the form "can anyone send me a scan/photocopy/photo of this-and-that article/book". Such questions are of little general interest, and there are also legal/copyright issues. This particular question is a borderline case, but let's not push it too far. $\endgroup$ – Jukka Suomela Oct 28 '10 at 17:39

Update: High resolution cover can be found here. (via Artem)


A: Pushdown Automata
B: Regular Expressions
C: Context Free Languages
D: Finite Automata
E: Mathematical Truth
F: NP-Complete Problems
G: Turing Machines
H: Time/Space Complexity
  • $\begingroup$ My main objective is to get such a photo, that I could read all the phrases placed on the front cover. As of the Wikipedia's version — I can only see «NP-complete problems», so it's not admissible. $\endgroup$ – Artem Pelenitsyn Oct 28 '10 at 17:36
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    $\begingroup$ @Michael to demonstrate to the students attending “automata and languages” classes (I'm acting as a TA on it). The cover is a bit a piece of CS history (Cinderella book standing near the Dragon book, Camel book and so on...) $\endgroup$ – Artem Pelenitsyn Oct 28 '10 at 18:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Artem, Nobody in your department has a copy of the book you can scan? For shame! (You can contact me offline if nobody else has already sent you what you need.) $\endgroup$ – Kurt Oct 28 '10 at 18:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Artem Rube Goldberg machines have everything to do with CS! Think about the process that brings these words from my fingers to your eyeballs. The ENTIRE process. Throw in a little TCP/IP by carrier pigeon, and you've got the Platonic Ideal Rube Goldberg Machine. $\endgroup$ – Jeffε Oct 29 '10 at 6:16
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    $\begingroup$ The systematic examination of themes by means of a diagram is highly information-dense; I approve. All we need now is a discussion of the social prophecy and aspects of moral philosophy embodied by the illustration, and we are on the way to becoming a Theory site! (See meta.cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/1/… for the reference.) $\endgroup$ – András Salamon Oct 29 '10 at 9:45

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