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World of Computing

A Primer Companion for the Digital Age

Authors: O'Regan, Gerard

  • Presents a collection of fundamental topics on the field of computing
  • Includes pedagogical features such as key topics, chapter summaries, review questions, glossary, and index
  • Accessible to a general audience as well as to students
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About this book

This engaging work provides a concise introduction to the exciting world of computing, encompassing the theory, technology, history, and societal impact of computer software and computing devices. Spanning topics from global conflict to home gaming, international business, and human communication, this text reviews the key concepts unpinning the technology which has shaped the modern world.

Topics and features: introduces the foundations of computing, the fundamentals of algorithms, and the essential concepts from mathematics and logic used in computer science; presents a concise history of computing, discussing the historical figures who made important contributions, and the machines which formed major milestones; examines the fields of human−computer interaction, and software engineering; provides accessible introductions to the core aspects of programming languages, operating systems, and databases; describes the Internet revolution, the invention of the smartphone, and the rise of social media, as well as the Internet of Things and cryptocurrencies; explores legal and ethical aspects of computing, including issues of hacking and cybercrime, and the nature of online privacy, free speech and censorship; discusses such innovations as distributed systems, service-oriented architecture, software as a service, cloud computing, and embedded systems; includes key learning topics and review questions in every chapter, and a helpful glossary.

Offering an enjoyable overview of the fascinating and broad-ranging field of computing, this easy-to-understand primer introduces the general reader to the ideas on which the digital world was built, and the historical developments that helped to form the modern age.

About the authors

Dr. Gerard O'Regan is a CMMI software process improvement consultant with research interests including software quality and software process improvement, mathematical approaches to software quality, and the history of computing. He is the author of such Springer titles as Concise Guide to Formal Methods, Concise Guide to Software EngineeringGuide to Discrete MathematicsIntroduction to the History of ComputingPillars of ComputingIntroduction to Software QualityGiants of Computing, and Mathematics in Computing.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-75844-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75843-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
World of Computing
Book Subtitle
A Primer Companion for the Digital Age
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75844-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75844-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-75843-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 320
Number of Illustrations
41 b/w illustrations, 65 illustrations in colour
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