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Paperback Computer Science Made Simple: Learn how hardware and software work-- and how to make them work for you! Book

ISBN: 0767917073

ISBN13: 9780767917070

Computer Science Made Simple: Learn how hardware and software work-- and how to make them work for you!

(Part of the Made Simple Series)

Be smarter than your computer If you don't understand computers, you can quickly be left behind in today's fast-paced, machine-dependent society. Computer Science Made Simple offers a straightforward resource for technology novices and advanced techies alike. It clarifies all you need to know, from the basic components of today's computers to using advanced applications. The perfect primer, it explains how it all comes together to make computers work...

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Really made things "click"

After reading this book, computers weren't as scary. Somehow it made sense how it operates. Now I enjoy time on the computer!!

Very good, very good!

I have read several beginner computer books lately and this is by far best of them, if this is beginner book at all! This book doesn't underestimate the intelligence of reader and doesn't "buy more pages" with nonsense. I mean, if you don't know how to move mouse or where Enter button is on keyboard, buy '-for dummies' books. But if you want to get little bit (well a lot actually) deeper than that, buy this book.

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explains hardware and software to a general audience

Spraul gives a quick and easy introduction to explaining this mysterious thing call computer science. He explains the common Neumann architecture of a single CPU computer. Something which has essentially remained unchanged since the Manhattan Project. Then he talks about the software that runs on this hardware. From this model of software running on 1 computer, the discussion segues naturally into a network of such machines. Wherein the Internet appears. And its common version, the Web, which many users casually and wrongly assume to be synonymous with it. There is little specialised hardware knowledge or maths required for the book. Indeed, the Boolean logic is shown to be utterly simple. Though, within the constraints of his presentation, the reader is not shown enough to appreciate that from the Boolean logic, one can build up an entire edifice of digital maths. [It's properly the subject of a more advanced text.]
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