Understanding Computer Basics

  • Bruce I. Blum
Part of the M.D. Computing: Benchmark Papers book series (MD COMPUTING)


Ask 10 people what a computer is, and you will get 10 different answers. But ask those same 10 people how a computer works, and you will get some blank looks. If you are not quite sure how your computer works, now is the time to learn. The better you understand your computer, the better you will use it.


Boolean Logic Central Processing Unit Small Computer Program Counter Floppy Disk 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Suggested Further Reading

  1. Editors of Consumer Guide. Easy to Understand Guide to Home Computers. Publications International, Ltd., Signet 1982.Google Scholar
  2. Lieff, J. How to Buy a Personal Computer Without Anxiety. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Ballinger Publishing Co., 1982.Google Scholar
  3. Osborne, A. An Introduction to Microcomputers. Berkeley, California: McGraw-Hill, Vol. 0, Beginners Book (with David Bunnell), 3rd ed., 1982;Google Scholar
  4. Vol. 1, 2nd ed., 1980.Google Scholar
  5. Patterson, David A. Micro Programming. Scientific American 248(3):50–57, 1983.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Rinder, R. A Practical Guide to Small Computers for Business and Professional Use. New York: Monarch Press, 1981.Google Scholar
  7. Sippl, C., and Mayer, J. The Essential Computer Dictionary and Speller. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1980.Google Scholar
  8. Toong, Hoo-min D. and Gupta, Amar. Personal Computers. Scientific American 247(12):86–107, 1982.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce I. Blum
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    • 2
  1. 1.Principal Professional Staff of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics LaboratoryUSA
  2. 2.Biomedical Engineering at the School of MedicineUSA

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