Buy Books Online > Computer science > The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work
The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work: Book by W Daniel Hillis

The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work

Product Details:    Share this by email:

ISBN: 9780465066933    Publisher: The Perseus Books Group Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback / softback No of Pages: 192 pp        Language: English
Most people are baffled by how computers work and assume that they will never understand them. What they don't realize--and what Daniel Hillis's short book brilliantly demonstrates--is that computers'...Read more
Most people are baffled by how computers work and assume that they will never understand them. What they don't realize--and what Daniel Hillis's short book brilliantly demonstrates--is that computers' seemingly complex operations can be broken down into a few simple parts that perform the same simple procedures over and over again. Computer wizard Hillis offers an easy-to-follow explanation of how data is processed that makes the operations of a computer seem as straightforward as those of a bicycle.Avoiding technobabble or discussions of advanced hardware, the lucid explanations and colorful anecdotes in "The Pattern on the Stone" go straight to the heart of what computers really do. Hillis proceeds from an outline of basic logic to clear descriptions of programming languages, algorithms, and memory. He then takes readers in simple steps up to the most exciting developments in computing today--quantum computing, parallel computing, neural networks, and self-organizing systems.Written clearly and succinctly by one of the world's leading computer scientists, "The Pattern on the Stone" is an indispensable guide to understanding the workings of that most ubiquitous and important of machines: the computer.
Read less
About the author: W Daniel Hillis
As an MIT graduate student, W. Daniel Hillis designed the first practical massively parallel computer, the Connection Machine, and in 1983 co-founded the world-famous... Read more
As an MIT graduate student, W. Daniel Hillis designed the first practical massively parallel computer, the Connection Machine, and in 1983 co-founded the world-famous Thinking Machines Corporation to produce and market this device. The co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, Applied Minds, Applied Invention, and other technology companies, Hillis lives in Los Angeles, California.
Read less
Review:
Peter Thomas, "New Scientist" This is the best book on computers I have ever read. Hillis takes us on a lightening tour of the fundamentals of computing.... Nowhere does [he] lose sight of the fact...Read more
Peter Thomas, "New Scientist" This is the best book on computers I have ever read. Hillis takes us on a lightening tour of the fundamentals of computing.... Nowhere does [he] lose sight of the fact that what is important is not the detail of these issues, but the story that flows through them and rationality of thought that connects them. Dan Brekke, "WIRED" [Hillis ] conclusion is thoughtfully optimisticand appealing even to a skeptic. Bill Brazell, "The Industry Standard" "The Pattern on the Stone" illustrates basic computing concepts with line drawings of Tinkertoys in various positionsa surprisingly helpful approach.... The book s gradual pace, low-tech design and gentle title are meant to bring hope to those who feel swamped by a tidal wave of computer-wrought change. And the approach succeeds, by showing the reader how humans, not magicians, discovered a few basic principles and built these amazing machines. "Publisher s Weekly" Hillis provides an almost philosophical approach to the machine that has changed our lives.... [He] writes with the authority of an expert and the rigor of a logician.... A helpful and succinct volume. "Library Journal" Everyone has sorted socks and played tic-tac-toe. Hillis uses these simple examples and similar everyday experiences to explain the ideas that make computers work.... Highly recommended. "Kirkus Reviews" Here s a straightforward answer to the question every parent has been asked, and few can answer: How do computers really work? "Booklist" A delightful all-in-one introduction to computer science. "Hartford Courant" An accessible, fascinating account of the fundamental processes that make computers tick.
Read less

Other books by W Daniel Hillis

Recommended Books for you - See all

Price: Rs. 966   Rs.843
You save: Rs.123
Vendor : PBC Books, Delhi
BUY NOW

FREE SHIPPING | Delivered in 21 working days

(Cash on delivery not available)

Imported Edition

Be assured. 7 days Return & Refund Policy.
Click here

2 offers starting from Rs. 843

Rs.843   FREE SHIPPING

In stock | Delivered in 21 working days

PBC Books, Delhi

Add to cart

Rs.2601   FREE SHIPPING

In stock | Delivered in 21 working days

Booyah Chicago (Books), Delhi

Add to cart

Rs.200 OFF

on purchase of Rs.500 & above

1.Click on Add to Cart & Proceed to Checkout
2.Under payment options, choose
"Redeem Coupon Code/Gift Certificate"
3.Enter Promo Code "SHOP200"
4.Get Rs.200 off, Pay Balance Amount

Valid upto 21st July,13

Rs.200 OFF

on purchase of Rs.500 & above

Terms & Conditions