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The discrete charm of the machine : why the world became digital, Ken Steiglitz

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The discrete charm of the machine : why the world became digital
Title
The discrete charm of the machine
Title remainder
why the world became digital
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Ken Steiglitz
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Language
eng
Summary
The genesis of the digital idea and why it transformed civilization A few short decades ago, we were informed by the smooth signals of analog television and radio; we communicated using our analog telephones; and we even computed with analog computers. Today our world is digital, built with zeros and ones. Why did this revolution occur? The Discrete Charm of the Machine explains, in an engaging and accessible manner, the varied physical and logical reasons behind this radical transformation. The spark of individual genius shines through this story of innovation: the stored program of Jacquard's loom; Charles Babbage's logical branching; Alan Turing's brilliant abstraction of the discrete machine; Harry Nyquist's foundation for digital signal processing; Claude Shannon's breakthrough insights into the meaning of information and bandwidth; and Richard Feynman's prescient proposals for nanotechnology and quantum computing. Ken Steiglitz follows the progression of these ideas in the building of our digital world, from the internet and artificial intelligence to the edge of the unknown. Are questions like the famous traveling salesman problem truly beyond the reach of ordinary digital computers? Can quantum computers transcend these barriers? Does a mysterious magical power reside in the analog mechanisms of the brain? Steiglitz concludes by confronting the moral and aesthetic questions raised by the development of artificial intelligence and autonomous robots. The Discrete Charm of the Machine examines why our information technology, the lifeblood of our civilization, became digital, and challenges us to think about where its future trajectory may lead
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10759215
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1939-
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Steiglitz, Kenneth
Dewey number
621.382
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Digital communications
  • Technological innovations
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why the world became digital
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The discrete charm of the machine : why the world became digital, Ken Steiglitz
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
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  • rdacontent.
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Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 235 pages
Isbn
9780691179438
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(hbk.)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The discrete charm of the machine : why the world became digital, Ken Steiglitz
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 235 pages
Isbn
9780691179438
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print

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