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Digitized: The Science of Computers and How It Shapes Our World

Peter J. Bentley
Format
Book
Published
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Variant Title
Science of computers and how it shapes our world
ISBN
9780199693795 (hbk. : acid-free paper), 019969379X (hbk. : acid-free paper)
Summary
Peter J. Bentley tells the story of computer science, explaining how and why computers were invented, how they work, looking at real-world examples of computers in use, and considering what will happen in the future.
Contents
  • 000: Introduction ; Computers uncovered ; The science of computers
  • 001: Can you compute? ; Understanding the impossible ; Turing's unstoppable machines ; Turing's legacy ; Complexity is simple ; Does P = NP? ; Oracles and other complexities ; Theoretical futures
  • 010: Disposbale computing ; Thinking logically ; Building brains ; Anatomy of a digital brain ; The end of the beginning ; The law of Moore ; The future is many ; Beyond von Neumann
  • 011: Your life in binary digits ; Learning to program computers ; Climbing higher ; Bases for data ; Software crisis ; Virtual futures
  • 100: Monkeys with world-spanning voices ; Diverse connections ; Inter-networking ; Addressing for success ; Spinning webs over networks ; Weaving tangled webs ; Webs of deceit ; Digital lives
  • 101: My computer made me cry ; The birth of friendly computing ; Seeing with new eyes ; Photos and chicken wire ; Waking dreams ; It's not what you do but the way that you do it ; My pet computer ; Human computer integration
  • 110: Building bionic brains ; Teaching computers how to play ; The birth of intelligence ; The seasons of AI ; Intelligence from feet to head ; Adaptation by natural selection ; Learning to learn, predicting the predictors ; Complex futures
  • 111: A computer changed my life ; Computer creativity ; Computational biology ; Computer medicine ; Computer detectives.
Description
xiv, 292 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-283) and index.
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