Someone just asked a question on the main site requesting a good introductory text for "Theory of Computation", which I'm guessing is going to get closed as "Primarily Opinion Based".
I agree that such a question is "primarily opinion based," but is likely to be a useful resource for the kinds of people that often ask questions here, and likely to be good "search bait". Additionaly a quick search on "book" shows that we have several open questions about book recommendations for algorithm design and/or analysis.
- Algorithm books on a range of topics
- Book for algorithms beyond Cormen
- Books to prepare before reading Knuth's The Art Of Computer Programming (TAOCP)
But for anything other than algorithms we do relatively poorly. (The question goes unanswered, or gets closed.) My question is:
Can we create a reference question for book recommendations? (Or several reference questions, one for each sub-topic, kind of like those pointed to by the meta post Reference answers to frequently asked questions).
I realize (through searching meta) that there is a general dislike for broad reference requests, but I think there is a good argument for making an exception for this case.