- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Interscience (September 27, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471732788
- ISBN-13: 978-0471732785
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Definitive Guide to How Computers Do Math : Featuring the Virtual DIY Calculator
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"The book is fun, highly informative, and full of vitally important stuff for both the technical and non-technical alike." (EDA Confidential, November 21, 2005)
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The Basics of Computer Arithmetic Made Enjoyable and Accessiblewith a Special Program Included for Hands-on Learning
"The combination of this book and its associated virtual computer is fantastic! Experience over the last fifty years has shown me that there's only one way to truly understand how computers work; and that is to learn one computer and its instruction setno matter how simple or primitivefrom the ground up. Once you fully comprehend how that simple computer functions, you can easily extrapolate to more complex machines."
Fred Hudson, retired engineer/scientist
"This bookalong with the virtual DIY Calculatoris an incredibly useful teaching and learning tool. The interesting trivia nuggets keep you turning the pages to see what's next. Students will have so much fun reading the text and performing the labs that they won't even realize they are learning."
Michael Haghighi, Chairperson of the Business and Computer Information Systems Division, Calhoun Community College, Alabama
"At last, a book that presents an innovative approach to the teaching of computer architecture. Written with authority and verve, witty, superbly illustrated, and enhanced with many laboratory exercises, this book is a must for students and teachers alike."
Dr. Albert Koelmans, Lecturer in Computer Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and the 2003 recipient of the EASITEng. Gold Award for Innovative Teaching in Computer Engineering
Packed with nuggets of information and tidbits of trivia, How Computers Do Math provides an incredibly fun and interesting introduction to the way in which computers perform their magic in general and math in particular. The accompanying CD-ROM contains a virtual computer/calculator called the DIY Calculator, and the book's step-by-step interactive laboratories guide you in the creation of a simple program to run on your DIY Calculator.
How Computers Do Math can be enjoyed by non-technical individuals; students of computer science, electronics engineering, and mathematics; and even practicing engineers. All of the illustrations and interactive laboratories featured in the book are provided on the CD-ROM for use by high school, college, and university educators as lecture notes and handouts.
Top customer reviews
I have always been intrigued by the inner workings of a computer or calculator.
Even tried to study some assembly, but never succeeded to fully comprehend it.
The front cover may suggest it is going to be nothing than fun, like in some 'for dummies' books. (Although these books have there use.)
No, this is serious business here, but explained in a not overdone fun style, and explained in such a way even I can finally understand the subject.
It also contains many practical labs(with the DIY calculator) which enhance your knowledge in no time.
This is a great book to have!
and one can then kind of 'get it'.
Very satisfied and having fun!
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Too much time is spent listing assembly level routines which, in my opinion, are not very relevant.
In the past I used to use the 68HC05 as an example but for students...Read more