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What Computing Is All About

  • Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

Part of the Text and Monographs in Computer Science book series (MCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut
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  4. Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut
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  5. Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut
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  7. Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut
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  16. Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut
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  17. Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut
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  18. Back Matter
    Pages 403-476

About this book

Introduction

I have always been fascinated with engineering. From Roman bridges and jumbo jets to steam engines and CD players, it is the privilege of the en­ gineer to combine scientific insights and technical possibilities into useful and elegant products. Engineers get a great deal of satisfaction from the usefulness and beauty of their designs. Some of these designs have a major impact on our daily lives, others enable further scientific insights or shift limits of technology. The successful engineer is familiar with the scientific basis of the field and the technology of the components, and has an eye for the envisioned applications. For example, to build an airplane, one had better understand the physics of motion, the structural properties of alu­ minum, and the size of passengers. And the physics of motion requires a mastery of mathematics, in particular calculus. Computers are a marvel of modern engineering. They come in a wide variety and their range of applications seems endless. One of the charac­ teristics that makes computers different from other engineering products is their programmability. Dishwashers have some limited programming capa­ is not the key part of the device. Their essential part is some bility, but it enclosed space where the dishes are stored and flushed with hot water. Computers are embedded in many different environments, but in their case the programming capability is the essential part. All computers are programmed in more or less the same way.

Keywords

Computer algorithms automata automata theory calculus computer science data structures logic optimization programming

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut
    • 1
  1. 1.California Institute of Technology, Computer Science 256-80PasadenaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-2710-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7639-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2710-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-603X
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