But how Do it Know?: The Basic Principles of Computers for Everyone

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John C Scott, Jul 4, 2009 - Computers - 222 pages
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This book thoroughly explains how computers work. It starts by fully examining a NAND gate, then goes on to build every piece and part of a small, fully operational computer. The necessity and use of codes is presented in parallel with the apprioriate pieces of hardware. The book can be easily understood by anyone whether they have a technical background or not. It could be used as a textbook.
 

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This is a great starting book for people who know little to nothing about the inner workings of computers. The format was great and it did well teaching the basics. One thing I would have liked is if it would talk a little more about higher bit machines (16, 32 ,64). It touched on the subject, but I wanted a little more. This is still a great book. 

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The best book I ever seen in the subject. Thanks, man! You are a genius.

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Contents

Table of Contents
1
Language
9
Simple Variations
18
Remember When
24
A Rose by Any Other Name
32
Back to the Byte
40
More Gate Combinations
46
Numbers
57
Logic
85
The Clock
93
Step by Step
99
iv
105
The Load and Store Instructions
123
The Clear Flags Instruction
137
The Keyboard
150
The Disk
163

Addresses
66
Messing with Bytes
72
The Exclusive ORer
78
Languages
179
Boots
194
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About the author (2009)

 J. Clark Scott has had a long and diverse career in the computer industry, starting with building computers and their parts at companies such as Intel and IBM. Eventually he graduated to writing consumer software, with four nationally marketed titles to his credit. He noticed how confused some of his friends were about computers and gave them lectures to teach them how simple the basics really are. It was at that time that the idea for this book was born.

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