Discrete Mathematics and its Applications, Sixth Edition, is intended for one- or two-term introductory discrete mathematics courses taken by students from a wide variety of majors, including computer science, mathematics, and engineering. This renowned best-selling text, which has been used at over 500 institutions around the world, gives a focused introduction to the primary themes in a discrete mathematics course and demonstrates the relevance and practicality of discrete mathematics to a wide variety of real-world applications…from computer science to data networking, to psychology, to chemistry, to engineering, to linguistics, to biology, to business, and to many other important fields.
Comparison of the top 3 Discrete Math Texts
By Michael Yasumoto - May 24, 2009
I have read "Discrete Mathematics" by Epp, Rosen and Ross which are the three most common discrete math texts that I encounter at university.
Of these three, I would rate Epp's book as my favorite because it has the clearest explanations and is so easy to read that you can't help but feel like you understand all of the content completely. The only failing that Epp's book might have is that it is not as thorough in its coverage of the material as some of the more technical books. I would say that it covers about 90% of the material and leaves out some of the more obscure topics.
Rosen's book would be the most thorough, covering every topic in meticulous detail and offering a jumping point for other texts in cryptography and number theory. Although this book is more complete than Epp's, it is also less readable and requires more effort to get through. Ideally you would use Epp's book to learn the material and then go to Rosen's book for a technical... read more
Rosen's book: Profs love it, students hate it
By Monte F. Hancock Jr. - July 8, 2007
I have used Rosen's book half a dozen or more times for classes I have taught to undergraduates and graduate students (using editions 3, 4, 5, and 6). My universal experience has been that students find it hard to follow and incomplete. However, because it is so broad in its coverage of topics, has lots of excellent problem sets, and treats the subject seriously, I find it useful as a resource in the class, and a reference outside of class. When I use this book, I know that the students will have to get the concepts from me (won't get them from the text)... but that's what I'm there for. The depth of the text pulls the more advanced students along, and is a sufficient review of a well-planned lecture that, overall, it works.
Good for Supplementary work horrible as a primary...
By avgvstvs "Matt Seil" - June 14, 2008
I took an accelerated 6 week class on discrete math... and though I've never studied that hard (in my life) the class was very rewarding. My professor earned his PhD under Kolmogorov, and if you know that name then you'll know what I mean that it takes THAT level of a mathemetician in order to explain clearly what this text tries so hard to obfuscate.
I'm a math enthusiast, so I also bought copies of Grimaldi's and Epp's Discrete Math texts, and for this class I also needed to borrow copies of number theory texts for the section on number theory, logic texts for logic, etc. It's kinda sad in the state of things that one has to go to outside sources for so many of these topics... but Rosen makes you do it.
My issues on logic: They don't explicitly tell you that a function P(x,y) holds only for objects placed into the function. There is a problem in the section of nested quantifiers where the function is given as P(x,y) but then the solution uses x and y for... read more