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Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach by Kevin Wayne, Robert Sedgewick

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Chapter Six. A Computing Machine

Our goal in this chapter is to show you how simple the computer that you’re using really is. We will describe in detail a simple imaginary machine that has many of the characteristics of real processors at the heart of the computational devices that surround us.

You may be surprised to learn that many, many machines share these same properties—even some of the very first computers that were developed. Accordingly, we are able to tell the story in historical context. Imagine a world without computers, and which sort of device might be received with enthusiasm, and that is not far from what we have! We tell our ...

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