The universal history of computing : from the abacus to the quantum computer

Georges Ifrah ; translated from the French, and with notes by E.F. Harding ; assisted by Sophie Wood ... [et al.]

The fascinating follow-up to the bestselling The Universal History of Numbers Picking up where his highly acclaimed The Universal History of Numbers left off, Georges Ifrah continues his exhilarating exploration into the world of numbers. The fascinating result, The Universal History of Computing, traces the progress of computing from the revolutionary invention of the abacus to the invention of the binary system three centuries ago and the earliest computer that followed. In this engaging but no less learned read, he covers such hot topics as numerical codes and the recent discovery of new kinds of number systems, such as "surreal" numbers. Overall, Ifrah shows us how far we have come in learning about number theory, how numbers relate to our everyday lives - - and how much further we have to go.

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  • PART 1. Chapter 1: Historical Summary of Arithmetic, Numerical Notation, and Writing Systems. Chapter 2: From the Particular to the General Arithmetic Leads to Algebra. Chapter 3: From Calculation to Calculus. Chapter 4: Binary Arithmetic and Other Non-Decimal Systems. PART 2. Chapter 5: From Clockwork Calculator to Computer: The History of Automatic Calculation. Chapter 6: What is a Computer? PART 3. Chapter 7: Information, the New Universal Dimension. Conclusion: Intelligence, Science, and the Future of Mankind. List of Abbreviations. Bibliography. Index.

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書名 The universal history of computing : from the abacus to the quantum computer
著作者等 Ifrah, Georges
書名別名 Histoire universelle des chiffres
出版元 John Wiley
刊行年月 c2001
ページ数 410 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0471396710
NCID BA52024071
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言語 英語
原文言語 フランス語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国