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A fun and easy way to learn about computers, now redesigned to match the other cartoon guides. Illustrated with cartoons throughout.


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A fun and easy way to learn about computers, now redesigned to match the other cartoon guides. Illustrated with cartoons throughout.

30 review for The Cartoon Guide to the Computer

  1. 5 out of 5

    David

    I loved reading this book. It was very challenging, and very rewarding. It was very readily digestible. I suggest it to anyone who is curious about how computers work. This book has really increased my appreciation for comics as a learning tool.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Scott

    TODO full review: + Larry Gonick's Cartoon Guide to Computer Science (better known as Cartoon Guide to the Computer) is a humorous, comics-format book about the serious (and upcoming, in 1983 and 25 years later) topic of computer science. +++ Three main topics covered with amazing detail despite the simplicity of the comics medium: the evolution of human concepts about information, the basics of computer organization (data representation, basic logic gates, logic and arithmetic operations, the bas TODO full review: + Larry Gonick's Cartoon Guide to Computer Science (better known as Cartoon Guide to the Computer) is a humorous, comics-format book about the serious (and upcoming, in 1983 and 25 years later) topic of computer science. +++ Three main topics covered with amazing detail despite the simplicity of the comics medium: the evolution of human concepts about information, the basics of computer organization (data representation, basic logic gates, logic and arithmetic operations, the basic processing unit, the memory subsystem, the IO subsystem), and software theory and applications. +++ High-quality treatment of the computer organization elements. The computer gets an excellent treatment - - undergrad level, but still a textbook. +++ Visionary description of applications. - Some of the cartoon elements do not look great. The "Greek" philosophers and some of the historical characters, in particular, look too distorted to be nice to look at (contrast with the highly polished, graphic novel Logicomix or with the amazing graphics in the cartoon-style The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua). - Some of the jokes are less savory in the 2019 PC-environment. However, there are already instances of gopd replies to insensitive jokes, such as when one lemur calls the other a reverse sexist (the two lemurs hang upside down from the same branch).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Although it's a bit overpast, the book's still a good introduction for beginners at programing Although it's a bit overpast, the book's still a good introduction for beginners at programing

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pim Veldhuisen

    Probably the book that has been most influential in my life. (Read the Dutch translation, "De Computer-kunde strip") Probably the book that has been most influential in my life. (Read the Dutch translation, "De Computer-kunde strip")

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teo 2050

    2017.07.12–2017.07.18 Contents Gonick L (1983) Cartoon Guide to Computer Science, The About the Author Part I: The Ages of Information • What Is Information? • The Evolution of the Computer Part II: Logical Spaghetti • The Information Processor • The Processing Unit • Memory • Getting Everything Under Control Part III: Software • Turing Machines • Algorithms • Basic B.A.S.I.C. • Software Survey • In Conclusion Bibliography Index

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leandro Dutra

    Para quem acha que computação é o que o computador faz.

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