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The pattern on the stone : the simple ideas that make computers work

Author: W Daniel Hillis
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2015.
Series: Science masters series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Daniel Hillis offers an easy-to-follow explanation of how data is processed that makes the operation of a computer seem as straightforward as those of a bicycle." "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,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W Daniel Hillis
ISBN: 0465066933 9780465066933 9780465066872 0465066879
OCLC Number: 902008088
Description: xv, 164 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Nuts and bolts --
Universal building blocks --
Programming --
How universal are Turing Machines? --
Algorithms and heuristics --
Memory : information and secret codes --
Speed : parallel computers --
Computers that learn and adapt --
Beyond engineering.
Series Title: Science masters series.
Responsibility: W. Daniel Hillis.

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Peter Thomas, New Scientist "This is the best book on computers I have ever read. Hillis takes us on a lightening tour of the fundamentals of computing... Nowhere does [he] lose sight of the fact Read more...

 
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