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A Machine Made this Book: Ten Sketches of Computer Science
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  • Title A Machine Made this Book: Ten Sketches of Computer Science
  • Author(s) John Whitington
  • Publisher: Coherent Press (February 22, 2016)
  • Paperback 204 pages
  • eBook PDF, 224 pages, 4.7 MB
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957671121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957671126
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Book Description

How do we decide where to put ink on a page to draw letters and pictures? How can computers represent all the world’s languages and writing systems? What exactly is a computer program, what and how does it calculate, and how can we build one? Can we compress information to make it easier to store and quicker to transmit? How do newspapers print photographs with grey tones using just black ink and white paper? How are paragraphs laid out automatically on a page and split across multiple pages?

In A Machine Made this Book, using examples from the publishing industry, John Whitington introduces the fascinating discipline of Computer Science to the uninitiated.

This book is entertaining to read and gives a good basic introduction to the subject for anyone who hasn't studied Computer Science.

  • Putting Marks on Paper
  • Letter Forms
  • Storing Words
  • Looking and Finding
  • Typing it In
  • Saving Space
  • Doing Sums
  • Grey Areas
  • Our Typeface
  • Words to Paragraphs
About the Authors
  • John Whitington founded a company which builds software for electronic document processing, which uses OCaml extensively. He studied, and taught, Computer Science at Queens' College, University of Cambridge.
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