How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
||Author: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs|
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Publisher: Que (08 October, 2003)
Sales Rank: 6,190
Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Excellent illustrations with text used only when necessary
On occasion, I teach a course with a title having the form, "Introduction to Microcomputers", where the goal is to introduce students to some of the fundamentals of how computers work and what they are used for. Generally, the material that they find easiest to understand is that which can be illustrated by examples demonstrated on a computer. In second place are the concepts that are explained using high quality illustrations. That is where this book is extraordinary.
The author and illustrator clearly put a great deal of thought and effort into the structure and appearance of the illustrations, they are the best demonstrations of computer fundamentals that I have ever seen. The publishers are also to be commended for using high quality coloring and paper, which makes the pictures very easy on the eyes, although there are a few times when the contrast between the text and figure colors is not enough to make it easy to read the text. They quite correctly let the illustrations do as much of the explaining as possible, resorting to text only when necessary.
It is split into eight parts:
* Boot-up process.
* How software works.
* Data storage.
* Input/output devices.
* How the Internet works.
* How printers work.
covering all of the material that is the normal coverage in an introduction to microcomputers course. There are also occasional segments of glossary, where the key terms in the section are defined.
This is a high quality book, the best introductory material on how computers work designed for the novice that I have ever seen. If study questions were included, I would start using it as a textbook.
This review refers to the seventh edition.
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