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The science of computers and how it shapes our world

Peter J. Bentley

Digitized

Digitized

The science of computers and how it shapes our world

Digitized

 

Everyone uses computers today. But what do you really know about them? Using the voices of pioneers and leading experts, 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.


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Beschrijving Digitized

There's a hidden science that affects every part of your life. You are fluent in its terminology of email, WiFi, social networking, and encryption. You use its results when you make a telephone call, access the Internet, use any factory-produced product, or travel in any modern car.

The discipline is so new that some prefer to call it a branch of engineering or mathematics. But it is so powerful and world-changing that you would be hard-pressed to find a single human being on the planet unaffected by its achievements. The science of computers enables the supply and creation of power, food, water, medicine, transport, money, communication, entertainment, and most goods in shops. It has transformed societies with the Internet, the digitization of information, mobile phone
networks and GPS technologies.

Here, Peter J. Bentley explores how this young discipline grew from its theoretical conception by pioneers such as Turing, through its growth spurts in the Internet, its difficult adolescent stage where the promises of AI were never achieved and dot-com bubble burst, to its current stage as a (semi)mature field, now capable of remarkable achievements. Charting the successes and failures of computer science through the years, Bentley discusses what innovations may change our world in the
future.


ISBN
9780199693795
Pagina's
320
Verschenen
NUR
980
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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