A Short Introduction to the Computer

  • Philip Leith
Part of the Applications of Advanced Computing Techniques book series (AACT)


Though we might have started with a description of computer machinery itself, it is, perhaps, better to start with the intellectual framework which motivates the construction of computers. This intellectual framework is coming to be seen as the idea of the algorithm, which to computer scientists is also being seen as the very heart of the discipline. Indeed, the notion of algorithm is so powerful, that some mathematicians consider that mathematics is “really about” algorithms (which perhaps evidences the situation that computing is having more effect upon mathematics than mathematics upon computing, non-mathematicians will be pleased to hear). However, this is not a text on mathematics, and the examples of algorithms which we will look at are to do with the use of computers in law.


Main Memory Central Processing Unit Short Introduction Assembly Language Program Counter 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Leith
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  1. 1.School of LawQueen’s University of BelfastBelfastNorthern Ireland, UK

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