The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

Book - 1999
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"What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new ways to communicate with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity - and our very human compulsion to communicate - have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries." "Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who's ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines."--Jacket.
Publisher: Redmond, Wash. : Microsoft Press, ©1999
ISBN: 9780735605053
Characteristics: 393 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jul 18, 2018

A really cool book. I feel as if I understand my computer all the way from the bottom up, from the physics underlying how circuits work (testable using a breadboard) all the way to how we assemble a real operating system and coordinate the various parts of a computer. You can tell that the author really digs the practical side of computers, and some of the more high-level theory is not as rigorously explained (such as Turing machines), although quite frankly it probably doesn't need to be. Will definitely be rereading this book again, both for its nice presentation and to understand it better the second time through.


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