How Computers Work: Processor And Main Memory (Second Edition) Paperback – 17 Apr 2009
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Roger Stephen Young lives in Pennsylvania and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University where he majored in physics and was interested in transistors. He went to The California State University at Fullerton and worked on a Master's degree in electrical engineering for two years, but got a job at Texas Instruments before finishing. He has extensive programming experience.
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Little text to read and mostly pictures of circuits.
Books get more difficult towards the end showing clusters of switches.
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Who this book is for:
-Person(s) of any age wanting to require knowledge about how computers really work
-Anyone who has been interested in electronics
-Hobbyists of electronics who create and mod projects on a daily basis
Who this book is for not:
-Person(s) not wanting to invest time into learning about what is dominating past, current, and future decades
As a fifteen year old I haven't been through most high school science classes, nor math classes and this books was very understandable to me. The book starts out as a simple Light circuit with a battery and light bulb and through pages gains complexity and different circuits. The book also explains simple programing and how a computer would use these circuits to store, erase, and read data.The two main parts of a computer this books is revolved around is the processor and the main memory; it fully explains both to its fullest potential and how each use each other to create programs. The final result leaves you with how memory works, and how a processor functions with that memory. It also leaves you with knowing how binary and simple programs work by using the processor and memory.
All in all, its a marvelous read.
I would have liked a book that went further and continued to build upon what was presented. For example, getting to the point of showing a full 8-bit system. In addition, in this current world, I would have liked to see assembly commands built around the x86 platform.
Nonetheless, if you are like me in not having worked with computers at this level, despite years of programming them, this book is a good introduction into how the logic circuits are created.
Every computer science student should own this book!