Computer Systems Organization and Architecture

Author: John D. Carpinelli
List Price: $112.00
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ISBN: 0201612534
Publisher: Pearson Addison Wesley (20 October, 2000)
Edition: Hardcover
Sales Rank: 396,746
Average Customer Rating: 3 out of 5

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Rating: 1 out of 5
Plan to spend a lot of time looking at other references.
a = b, c, and d.
e = f, g, and h.
b > e while a < f.
ac < gh while fh < bd.
c can be diagrammed in this box if you use h.
g is shown in this truth table if you use a.

Part of what makes this text so difficult to understand is the author's inability to use consistent terms while trying to explain material. In the first chapter, a simple And gate is referred to as 'AND', 'x^y', 'x.y', 'xy', '()()', and 'and'. All true, but used interchangeably while trying to explain makes the concepts incredibly difficult to decipher, particularly when variations for representing other boolean concepts are added to the fray.

The best part of the book, as far as I can tell, is that the key terms are in bold so I know what to plug into Google to try and figure out what it is.


Rating: 1 out of 5
A failure for purely academic reasons
The first chapter is the most important in the book. And yet it is riddled with poor grammar, truth table errors, no answers to questions in the back of book etc. I don't understand how someone who understands the subject can convey so little meaningful information. Actually I do understand, and this book's academic blasphemy should be burnt black as ruined toast. Money down the drain, as Ricky Ricardo "splained" things to Lucy at a much higher level. This book leaves me bitter if you hadn't noticed.


Rating: 1 out of 5
This book is a failure
I was forced to buy this book for my Architecture class. I really regret wasting my money on it. In short, the book [stinks]. It assumes too many things. It does not do a very good job explaining some important pieces of information. For the most part, the student will spend the whole time trying to make sense out of what the author is saying. It is one of these "should've..could've" books!
If you are looking for an architecture book, I wouldn't recommend this one.

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