There's a hidden science that affects every part of your life. You are fluent in its terminology of email, WiFi, social networking, and encryption. You use its results when you make a telephone call, access the Internet, use any factory-produced product, or travel in any modern car.
The discipline is so new that some prefer to call it a branch of engineering or mathematics. But it is so powerful and world-changing that you would be hard-pressed to find a single human being on the planet unaffected by its achievements. The science of computers enables the supply and creation of power, food, water, medicine, transport, money, communication, entertainment, and most goods in shops. It has transformed societies with the Internet, the digitization of information, mobile phone
networks and GPS technologies.
Here, Peter J. Bentley explores how this young discipline grew from its theoretical conception by pioneers such as Turing, through its growth spurts in the Internet, its difficult adolescent stage where the promises of AI were never achieved and dot-com bubble burst, to its current stage as a (semi)mature field, now capable of remarkable achievements. Charting the successes and failures of computer science through the years, Bentley discusses what innovations may change our world in the
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 195 x 139 x 19 mm
I have always thought that no book deserved 10 out of 10, but for this one I make an exception. * BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT *
A richly interesting survey of computer science * Steven Poole, The Guardian *
Computer science has become so pervasive in modern life that it can seem invisible or be taken for granted; Bentley succeeds in bringing this hidden world to light. * Library Journal *
Anyone looking for a neat illustration of how technology has infiltrated our everyday lives need look no further than the first few pages of Digitized * Engineering and Technology Magazine *
An entertaining and informative popular science study of computer science. * New York Journal of Books *