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How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology, Tenth Edition by Timothy Edward Downs, Ron White

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Chapter 3. How a Little Microprocessor Does Big Things

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If you want to feel what it’s like to be a microprocessor, go to a toy store for tots and get one of those baby toys that has a bunch of different-sized rings the kid is supposed to put on a stick to make a kind of round pyramid thing. If you don’t feel like blowing money on a kid’s toy, pull some change out of your pocket. A dime, penny, nickel, quarter, half-dollar (if you can find one), and a dollar bill have a couple of things in common with the toy rings: None is the same size as any other, and they can be stacked. That’s all you need for this passage into the brain-numbing world of the ...

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