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The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work (Science Masters)

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Most people are baffled by how computers work and assume that they will never understand them. What they dont realize—and what Daniel Hilliss short book brilliantly demonstrates—is that computers seemingly complex operations can be broken down into a few simple parts that perform the same simple procedures over and over again. Computer wizard Hillis offers an easy-to-follow explanation of how data is processed that makes the operations of a computer seem as straightforward as those of a bicycle.Avoiding technobabble or discussions of advanced hardware, the lucid explanations and colorful anecdotes in The Pattern on the Stone go straight to the heart of what computers really do. Hillis proceeds from an outline of basic logic to clear descriptions of programming languages, algorithms, and memory. He then takes readers in simple steps up to the most exciting developments in computing today—quantum computing, parallel computing, neural networks, and self-organizing systems.Written clearly and succinctly by one of the worlds leading computer scientists, The Pattern on the Stone is an indispensable guide to understanding the workings of that most ubiquitous and important of machines: the computer.

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Danny Hillis offers a clear, easy-to-understand explanation of how computers perform their amazing feats.

Synopsis:

Danny Hillis offers a clear, easy-to-understand explanation of how computers perform their amazing feats.

About the Author

Daniel Hillis holds some forty patents, sits on the scientific advisory board of the Santa Fe Institute, and is a fellow of the Association of Computing. His many awards include the Hopper Award, the Spirit of American Creativity Award, and the Ramanujan Award. Hillis was named the first Disney Fellow and became vice president of research and development at the Walt Disney Company in 1996.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition

Preface: Magic in the Stone

1. Nuts and Bolts

2. Universal Building Blocks

3. Programming

4. How Universal Are Turing Machines?

5. Algorithms and Heuristics

6. Memory: Information and Secret Codes

7. Speed: Parallel Computers

8. Computers That Learn and Adapt

9. Beyond Engineering

Further Reading

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465025961
Author:
Hillis, Daniel
Author:
Hillis, W. Daniel
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Location:
New York
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Computers
Subject:
Computer Engineering
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Personal Computers-General
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Revised Edition
Series:
Science masters series
Series Volume:
95-01
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 6.5 oz

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