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Computers are everywhere today--at work, in the bank, in artist's studios, sometimes even in our pockets--yet they remain to many of us objects of irreducible mystery. How can today's computers perform such a bewildering variety of tasks if computing is just glorified arithmetic? The answer, as Martin Davis lucidly illustrates, lies in the fact that computers are essentially engines of logic. Their hardware and software embody concepts developed over centuries by logicians such as Leibniz, Boole, and Godel, culminating in the amazing insights of Alan Turing. The Universal Computer traces the development of these concepts by exploring with captivating detail the lives and work of the geniuses who first formulated them. Readers will come away with a revelatory understanding of how and why computers work and how the algorithms within them came to be.

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A pioneer in the development of computer science traces the emergence of logical concepts underlying computers through the lives of a group of brilliant innovators spanning three centuries. None of these scientists, except Alan Turing, understood that their work would form the intellectual matrix out of which would emerge the digital computer. Includes b&w photos of key figures. Davis is visiting scholar at the University of California-Berkeley.
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One of the world's pioneers in the development of computer science offers a mesmerizing history of computers.

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"The Universal Computer" traces the development of computer concepts by exploring with captivating detail the lives and work of the geniuses who first formulated them. Readers can come away with a revelatory understanding of how and why computers work and how the algorithms within them came to be. Major review attention.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393047851
Author:
Davis, Martin
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Electronic digital computers
Subject:
Electronic digital computers -- History.
Subject:
Personal Computers-General
Subject:
Discrete Mathematics
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
[6]
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.48x6.32x1.02 in. 1.26 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , One of the world's pioneers in the development of computer science offers a mesmerizing history of computers.
"Synopsis" by , "The Universal Computer" traces the development of computer concepts by exploring with captivating detail the lives and work of the geniuses who first formulated them. Readers can come away with a revelatory understanding of how and why computers work and how the algorithms within them came to be. Major review attention.
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