Carl Adam Petri

Life and Science

  • Einar Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Einar Smith
    Pages 1-7
  3. Einar Smith
    Pages 9-18
  4. Einar Smith
    Pages 19-27
  5. Einar Smith
    Pages 29-37
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    Pages 39-50
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    Pages 51-67
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    Pages 69-75
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    Pages 89-92
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    Pages 93-104
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    Pages 105-113
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    Pages 115-122
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 123-128

About this book


The book presents the life and works of one of Germany's most famous computer scientists, Carl Adam Petri. It is written in a vivid and entertaining manner, providing an in-depth discussion of the background behind Petri's best-known contribution to computer science, the Petri net. In this way the book can be read as a first introduction to nets, but it also covers the theoretical, physical and philosophical foundations behind nets, thus facilitating a comprehensive understanding of the wider range of Petri's works. The book is intended for readers with a previous knowledge in computer science, as well as for “interested non-professionals”, who want to get to know a remarkable personality of contemporary science.


Ansynchronous communication Discretely controlled systems Distributed systems Non-sequential processes Petri nets

Authors and affiliations

  • Einar Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Algorithms and Scientific ComputingFraunhofer Gesellschaft SCAI – Sankt AugustinGermany

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