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

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Part 1: What Makes a Computer a Computer

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CHAPTERS

CHAPTER 1 THE GHOSTLY LEGOS OF COMPUTING

CHAPTER 2 HOW COMPUTERS REMEMBER

CHAPTER 3 HOW A MICROPROCESSOR JUGGLES DATA

CHAPTER 4 HOW MOTHERBOARDS CREATE A SYMPHONY OF DATA

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

—Nikola Tesla

Those of us who studied physics in high school half a century ago had to learn about the six simple machines. They were the wheel and axle, level, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and screw—all centuries-old tools that made physical work easier. The explanations of how they saved us labor were invariably accompanied ...

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