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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace; 2 edition (17 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442113987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442113985
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is a must have book to understand the core concepts of how computers and computing work. In order to understand computers you must understand the principles behind them and this does an excellent job of explaining this.
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I liked this book. I had to read it a couple of times to understand how all the ideas presented fit together. However, once I had got to grips with it, it all came together. Well done Roger Young!
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This book should be called GCSE electronics.
Little text to read and mostly pictures of circuits.
Books get more difficult towards the end showing clusters of switches.

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This book was bought for my son. Having viewed this book online, he decided it would be better to have the full copy. He has enjoyed reading it over and refers to it regularly.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e43f9c0) out of 5 stars 42 reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e46e708) out of 5 stars A Fifteen year old learning computers! 18 Oct. 2009
By J. Atchue - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a fifteen year old high school student and I have recently purchased this book. This was by far the best five dollars I have ever spent; the knowledge I have gained about computers is unimaginable.

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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e46e954) out of 5 stars Good Intro, but could have gone farther 19 Nov. 2010
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This book provides a good introduction to the way in which relays (which can be understood to work as transistors, though a section that fully expanded into transistors would have been nice) are integrated and signals passed for executing commands and reading memory. It presents the information in a very incremental fashion, but one still needs to expend effort (as one does in any learning situation) to trace the various paths to understand what relays are open/closed and why. The diagrams take work to trace, and as with any technical schematic, glancing at the diagram is insufficient. In any given diagram, some relays are open, some closed, and the issue is to work through why is a relay open/closed, and what signal needs to be applied to change it.

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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e46e918) out of 5 stars From an on-and-off switch to data processing in 141 pages 2 Oct. 2013
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Most people think computers are all about 1's and 0's. This book shows exactly how all those ones and zero are just symbolic representations of on and off. I thoroughly enjoyed the logical flow of this book. It is not for the novice however. It will get quite involved in logic circuits and how they combine to make memory and processing work in a 16 bit computer.

Every computer science student should own this book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e46ec0c) out of 5 stars How relay based electromechanical computers work 17 April 2012
By T. B. Gausen - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is dry as sand, but very indepth and, as far as I can see, correct. It begins with a drawing of a wire connecting a battery to a lightbulb via a switch, and evolves that into a 4 bit computer with ROM, RAM, a clock and a 1-instruction (no opcodes) Van Neuman processor. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software covers the same territory, only much better, for almost 3 times the price (that's still cheap though). This book uses simple language and appears to be aimed at young people. Sufficiently nerdy teens might love it. As in Petzold's book (link above), there is no explanation of how transistors really work. It's certainly worth the price.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e46ec6c) out of 5 stars I would have to recommend the book 'Code' by Charles Petzold instead for learning ... 20 Sept. 2014
By mOmus - Published on Amazon.com
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The overall presentation of the layout (if you can call it that) and the illustrations leave A LOT to be desired, to put it mildly. Even though this book does go into more detail in some areas, I would have to recommend the book 'Code' by Charles Petzold instead for learning about this type of stuff.
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