Code: the hidden language of computer hardware and software
What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries.
Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who’s ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines.
It’s a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible story—and along the way, you’ll discover you’ve gained a real context for understanding today’s world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm you—and perhaps even awaken the technophile within.
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This review is based on the first eight chapters. I have not read it cover to cover yet.Code is a textbook that does not read like a textbook. It is informative but has a conversational tone. Petzold ... Read full review
More or less the complete history of the computer, with instructions on how to build one from scratch included. A great read!
Chapter One Best Friends
Chapter Two Codes and Combinations
Chapter Three Braille and Binary Codes
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