42 review for How Computers Really Work

  1. 5 out of 5

    David

    I most enjoyed the evergreen material in the first half of this book: from transistor logic to high-level programming. I can't really disagree with the choice of the "cloud" and "app" material in the later part of the book since that IS what people probably think of in terms of modern computing...but it felt insubstantial and fad-ish (probably because it IS insubstantial and fad-ish) compared to the earlier material. I have to say that the really stand-out stuff in this book are the activities. T I most enjoyed the evergreen material in the first half of this book: from transistor logic to high-level programming. I can't really disagree with the choice of the "cloud" and "app" material in the later part of the book since that IS what people probably think of in terms of modern computing...but it felt insubstantial and fad-ish (probably because it IS insubstantial and fad-ish) compared to the earlier material. I have to say that the really stand-out stuff in this book 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

    David Andrade

    Really good book if you want to dig deep into how the machine really works. It starts from the very beginning - electrical concepts, digital circuits, binary, binary logic and operations... and goes all the way to the top - assembly, operating systems, high level programming languages, apps... Has plenty of exercises and projects to keep you interested as well. An enjoyable read for sure.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jin Shusong

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    Stefano Boscolo

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juan Esteban Bravo

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    Baris

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    Elizabeth

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    Lucas Bomfim

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    Sim

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    Taryn Ewens

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    Norman Wilde

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    Tom

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    Ameenah

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    Paulo

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    Paul Blinder

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    Luis Jesús Díaz Manzo

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    Mohammad

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    Carolyn Sun

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    Sergii Myskov

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    Barry

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    Kyle Kindred

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    Chris Mahlke

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    E. Frances Romig

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    Matt Gauthier

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    Paula

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    Richard Beiner

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    Matt Coles

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    Ryan Peterson

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    Debarshi Kundu

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    YaoBoren

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    Evan Steven

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    Richard C, Hardy Jr.

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    Jangsea Park

  40. 5 out of 5

    munozajj

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    Dror

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    Wessel

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