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Computing for Ordinary Mortals
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Introduction ; Chapter 1. Getting Started ; Chapter 2. From Mechanical to Electronic Computers ; Chapter 3. Computer Architecture: The Nuts and Bolts ; Chapter 4. Data Structures and Algorithms: Solving Problems ; Chapter 5. Programming: Putting Plans into Action ; Chapter 6. Operating Systems: Working Together ; Chapter 7. Computer Networks: Making Connections ; Chapter 8. Theoretical Computer Science: Pushing Boundaries ; Chapter 9. Artificial Intelligence: Being Smart Chapter 10. Human-Computer ; Interaction: Thinking About People ; Appendix ; Information management: The file system ; Information management: Databases ; Computational Science ; Graphics ; Security

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Robert St. Amant is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University

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"[St. Amant's] stated goal is to provide enough information so anyone, from high school seniors thinking of studying computer science at university to bloggers writing about computer technologies, can analyze and discuss computing effectively. He succeeds admirably." - Technology and Society


"Computing for Ordinary Mortals is a computer book for people who don't read computer books. It gives a straight-forward, basic look at how computers work, and is written for readers with no background in technology... The author really strikes the perfect balance between accuracy and understandability." - San Francisco Book Review




"[St. Amant's] stated goal is to provide enough information so anyone, from high school seniors thinking of studying computer science at university to bloggers writing about computer technologies, can analyze and discuss computing effectively. He succeeds admirably." - Technology and Society


"Computing for Ordinary Mortals is a computer book for people who don't read computer books. It gives a straight-forward, basic look at how computers work, and is written for readers with no background in technology... The author really strikes the perfect balance between accuracy and understandability." - San Francisco Book Review


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