A Machine Made this Book: Ten Sketches of Computer Science

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Coherent Press, Feb 22, 2016 - Computers - 204 pages
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How do we decide where to put ink on a page to draw letters and pictures? How can computers represent all the world’s languages and writing systems? What exactly is a computer program, what and how does it calculate, and how can we build one? Can we compress information to make it easier to store and quicker to transmit? How do newspapers print photographs with grey tones using just black ink and white paper? How are paragraphs laid out automatically on a page and split across multiple pages?

In A Machine Made this Book, using examples from the publishing industry, John Whitington introduces the fascinating discipline of Computer Science to the uninitiated.

 

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Contents

Putting Marks on Paper
1
Letter Forms
15
Storing Words
27
Looking and Finding
41
Typing it In
53
Saving Space
65
Doing Sums
81
Grey Areas
97
Our Typeface
123
Words to Paragraphs
135
Solutions
147
Further Reading
169
Templates
173
Index
181
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About the author (2016)

John Whitington founded a company which builds software for electronic document processing. He studied, and taught, Computer Science at Queens' College, Cambridge. He has written several well-regarded textbooks, but this is his first attempt at something for the popular audience.

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