But how Do it Know?: The Basic Principles of Computers for Everyone

· John C Scott
262 reviews

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This book thoroughly explains how computers work. It starts by fully examining a NAND gate, then goes on to build every piece and part of a small, fully operational computer. The necessity and use of codes is presented in parallel with the apprioriate pieces of hardware. The book can be easily understood by anyone whether they have a technical background or not. It could be used as a textbook.

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262 reviews
Ярослав Майкович
July 12, 2020
I was interested in subject from that perspective, because I, as many others, using laptop & smartphone every day, even can say, on a level slightly above "mediocre user", but still understanding programming on a basic level. And so, I definitely recommend this book (maybe, except one or two parts from the end of it) to those, who just wants to know basics, while understanding (dealing) with complex things, based on it. It's pretty simple to dive in and I think, that book as such, must be teached in school for everybody, maybe, with some hints from today's tech as a conclusion. The trend to oversimplify computer tech so everybody can use it, is good for business, but I bet, that society will work better, if more people get basics.
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A Google user
March 3, 2017
I've taken a few programming classes but none of them included a basic background on how a computer works, beyond some very basic lessons on character codes and binary numbers. This book fills in those gaps. Now I finally understand how those ASCII codes are transformed into readable letters! Deducting one star because the book has several typos.
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Rodney T.
March 15, 2020
Finally, a book that clearly explained concepts I had wondered about for so long. Even though I have been working as a programmer for years and consider myself tech literate I had struggled to build a good intuition about how exactly a computer works. This book finally did the job! I think the book was well written, easy to follow, and pretty engaging. If you want to know how a computer works without having to go through some heavy academic or hard to understand readings, this is THE book!
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About the author

 J. Clark Scott has had a long and diverse career in the computer industry, starting with building computers and their parts at companies such as Intel and IBM. Eventually he graduated to writing consumer software, with four nationally marketed titles to his credit. He noticed how confused some of his friends were about computers and gave them lectures to teach them how simple the basics really are. It was at that time that the idea for this book was born.

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