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The Computer: A Very Short Introduction

Darrel Ince

November 2011

ISBN: 9780199586592

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Computers form a vital part of most people's lives. But what is the nature of the computer? How does it work? What will the next generations of computers look like? Darrel Ince looks at the basic concepts behind all computers; the range of their uses, the effects of computers in the workplace, and novel forms such as quantum computers.

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Computers form a vital part of most people's lives. But what is the nature of the computer? How does it work? What will the next generations of computers look like? Darrel Ince looks at the basic concepts behind all computers; the range of their uses, the effects of computers in the workplace, and novel forms such as quantum computers.

  • Looks at how the computer has affected the world that we live in, describing the technologies involved and the applications that have emerged
  • Explains the basic architecture of the computer and how it works
  • Considers a range of uses; from the effect of computers in the workplace and the growing power and roles of global computer networks to the future miniaturization of computers and new forms such as quantum and DNA computers
  • Explores the limits of computing and what the future holds
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Darrel Ince, Head of Computing at the Open University and Professor of Computing

Darrel Ince is Professor of Computing at the Open University and the author of 25 books, four of them with OUP, including Software Engineering and Dictionary of the Internet.

Table of Contents

    1:The naked computer
    2:The small computer
    3:The ubiquitous computer
    4:The global computer
    5:The insecure computer
    6:The disruptive computer
    7:The cloud computer
    8:The next computer