COMPUTERS by Fred J. Steinberg


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A little history, a condensed explanation of principles, a long look (more than half the book) at computer operations today--in business, government and public service work. As such, it is a specific introduction to the enormous variety of procedures that computers can accomplish--bank account data, department store item reports, airplane reservations and flight route mapping, control of water supply and refuse collection, direction of traffic light sequences, diagnosis of disease, programmed instruction in schools. Most of the photographs represent machines without really illustrating anything but some are more useful--magnetic ink equipment ""reading"" a bank check, a thimbleful of storage coils, a silicon chip circuit in the eye of a needle. It's an analysis of systems emphasizing what they rather than electronic mechanisms do, broader in scope that Rusch's recent Computers (p. 571, J-233).

Pub Date: June 2nd, 1969
Publisher: Watts