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Books to learn how computer works?

Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:32 AM

I am looking for books, that would teach me how computers work. Some of the topics I would like to know are:
what hardware components does computer consist of, what is each components function.
How programming language code is translated to machine code, what are opcodes, what booting-up process does.
Functions of operational system, how networking works, how printer works, how does keyboard key strokes get translated into characters on screen.
Some information about assembly would be great too.

Basically I would like to know how computer works from hardware level to software level.

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Re: Books to learn how computer works?

Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:18 AM

Some reading to get you started:
http://en.wikipedia...._numeral_system
http://en.wikipedia....iki/Binary_code
http://en.wikipedia....racter_encoding
http://en.wikipedia..../Microprocessor
http://en.wikipedia....Hard_disk_drive
http://en.wikipedia....lid-state_drive
http://en.wikipedia....m-access_memory
http://en.wikipedia....ead-only_memory
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Re: Books to learn how computer works?

Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:35 AM

This is pretty much exactly my major.

A google result for digital systems design books
Here's a book that all the electrical engineers and computer engineers at my old base owned. I myself own it. It's good, very informative, though a little dry and slightly disorganized.
Here's another that goes slightly farther methinks.
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Re: Books to learn how computer works?

Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:31 PM

I have recently finished reading Code, by Charles Petzold, a fascinating book which works you through the arbitration of real world objects into abstract values, through semaphore and morse code, then before you know it you are working through transistor logic, ram, astable flip-flops, and even the rudiments of Assembly language. If you don;t want something dry and academic, I highly reccomend this book.

http://www.amazon.co...29593337&sr=8-1
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Re: Books to learn how computer works?

Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:08 PM

did you just say Charles Petzold isn't dry and academic*? I'm guessing this book is a great departure from his usual style.


*I actually love his work, but it honestly is drier than most deserts.
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