30 review for How Computers Really Work

  1. 4 out of 5

    David

    I enjoyed the evergreen material in the first half of this book, which takes us from transistor logic to high-level programming. As for the second half, I can't really disagree with the choice of the "cloud" and "app" material since that's what people probably think of in terms of modern computing...but it felt insubstantial and fad-ish compared to the earlier material. (Because it IS insubstantial and fad-ish!) The really stand-out feature are the activities. This book covers a vast scope of mat I enjoyed the evergreen material in the first half of this book, which takes us from transistor logic to high-level programming. As for the second half, I can't really disagree with the choice of the "cloud" and "app" material since that's what people probably think of in terms of modern computing...but it felt insubstantial and fad-ish compared to the earlier material. (Because it IS insubstantial and fad-ish!) The really stand-out feature are the activities. This book covers a vast scope of material and being able to put ALL of it into hands-on practical experience is a brilliant move. I bought this book to read to my kiddos (and that's exactly what I did - it came after the regular bedtime story). I think it's an amazing resource for young audiences. I would have given my right arm for this breadth of coverage when I was at the right age for it. But really, this would be incredible for anyone with a curiosity about computers. I'm still a huge, huge fan of "The Pattern on the Stone" by Hillis, which packs an incredible amount of lucid explanation in a tiny package. But now I also have a book to recommend with practical exercises. I also think the use of the Raspberry Pi is right on the mark - I love the idea that we have a cheap, common teaching instrument that is a REAL computer that is itself available for less than the price of a book. It's a perfect combo.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mahshid Parchami

    یه کتاب عالی برای درک عملکرد کامپیوترها؛ از صفر و یک تا ترانزیستور، مدار منطقی، زبان ماشین و مباحث زیاد دیگه حدود یک سوم کتاب پروژه های عملیه که من انجام ندادم. الان تا حدی میفهمم که کامپیوتر چطور صفر و یک رو میخونه و دستورات رو میفهمه و انجام میده :) البته تقریبا

  3. 5 out of 5

    jhenu

    I’m an Engineer, this book is the missing link between theories learned in your curriculum and work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben Rogers

    Deep down, from my years of schooling, I knew all of this book's details. But, it is put together so well! It was a fun refresher and an interesting book. Would recommend to learn about the innerworkings of a computer! 4.8/5 Deep down, from my years of schooling, I knew all of this book's details. But, it is put together so well! It was a fun refresher and an interesting book. Would recommend to learn about the innerworkings of a computer! 4.8/5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin Dittburner

    Great overview of foundation topics. A solid refresher after college.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tomasz

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mahdi Akbari

  8. 5 out of 5

    marksome

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anantharamakrishnan Natarajan

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Kennedy

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jin Shusong

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stefano Boscolo

  14. 5 out of 5

    ISeeVoices

  15. 5 out of 5

    Juan Esteban Bravo

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karla Van Aardt

  17. 4 out of 5

    blrt

  18. 4 out of 5

    Baris

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zen Van

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Bomfim

  23. 5 out of 5

    AmirMohammad Taati

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pokpong Chirayukool

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sim

  26. 5 out of 5

    泰恒

  27. 5 out of 5

    rolitoxdd

  28. 5 out of 5

    REINALDO RODRIGUEZ

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jangsea Park

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