How It Works…The Computer

How It Works...The Computer

“How it works: the computer” by David Carey. This book was published in 1971, and the revised edition was published in 1979 by Ladybird Books.


If you are interested in computers, their function and operation, but are discouraged by their complexity, you should read this book. It deals as simply as possible with the principles and does not delve too deeply into electronics. The combination of carefully-written text and instructive illustrations should give older students a good basic knowledge of what computers are all about.

Table of Contents

  • What Are Computers?
  • How Computers Developed
  • Different Designs
  • Data Processing
  • The Main Parts Of A Computer
  • Combining The Parts
  • The Computer Code
  • Reading The Code/The Input Unit
  • Recording Information On Magnetic Tape
  • Operation of Magnetic Tape Unit
  • ‘Writing’ The Code
  • The Computer Store
  • ‘Words’, ‘Bits’ and ‘Addresses’
  • The Magnetic Core Store
  • ‘Gates’ and ‘Highways’
  • Computer Arithmetic
  • Binary Arithmetic
  • Programming
  • The Control Unit
  • The Magnetic Drum
  • The Disc Store
  • The Output Unit
  • Teleprocessing
  • Does A Computer Make Mistakes?
  • This Year, Next Year, Sometime…?
  • Glossary Of Terms

Book Details

Author(s): David Carey and B.H. Robinson
Publisher: Ladybird Books Ltd.
Format(s): JPG
Link: Read online.

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