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The Computer: A Very Short Introduction

The Computer: A Very Short Introduction
 

Computers form a vital part of most people's lives. But what is the nature of the computer? How does it work? What will the next generations of computers look like? Darrel Ince looks at the basic concepts behind all computers; the range of their uses, the effects of computers in ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780199586592
Barcode 9780199586592
Published 6 December 2011 by Oxford University Press (S2)
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Ince, Darrel
Series Very Short Introductions
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ISBN-13 9780199586592
ISBN-10 0199586594
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S2)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 6 December 2011
International Publication Date 24 November 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Ince, Darrel
Series Very Short Introductions
Category General Theory of Computing
Number of Pages 152
Dimensions Width: 112mm
Height: 171mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 126g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Computers, Computer science, Computer science - History
NBS Text Computing: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 004
Catalogue Code 230489

Description of this Book

Computers have changed so much since the room-filling, bulky magnetic tape running monsters of the mid 20th century. They now form a vital part of most people's lives. And they are more ubiquitous than might be thought - you may have more than 30 computers in your home: not just the desktop and laptop but think of the television, the fridge, the microwave. But what is the basic nature of the modern computer? How does it work? How has it been possible to squeeze so much power into increasingly small machines? And what will the next generations of computers look like? In this Very Short Introduction, Darrel Ince looks at the basic concepts behind all computers; the changes in hardware and software that allowed computers to become so small and commonplace; the challenges produced by the computer revolution - especially whole new modes of cybercrime and security issues; the Internet and the advent of 'cloud computing'; and the promise of whole new horizons opening up with quantum computing, and even computing using DNA.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Darrel Ince is Professor of Computing at the Open University and the author of 25 books, four of them with OUP, including Software Engineering and Dictionary of the Internet.

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