• John B. Gosling
Part of the Macmillan Computer Science Series book series


Multiplication is usually regarded as the second most important arithmetic function. However, statistics suggest that in some large scientific programs it occurs as frequently as addition and subtraction combined. As in the previous chapter, this chapter will discuss the procedures involved in multiplication of two binary ‘bit patterns’, and will not discuss the problems of handling signed numbers. Signed multiplication will be described in chapter 4 in the discussion of the representation of negative numbers.


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© John B. Gosling 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Gosling
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ManchesterUK

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