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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, ©1998.
Series: Science masters series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView 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: 0465025951 9780465025954
OCLC Number: 39671104
Description: xi, 164 pages : illustrations ; 25 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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"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, neural networks, and self-organizing systems."--Jacket.

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