Computer Sciences (Macmillan Science Library) 4 vol set

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Computer Sciences 4 vol set (Macmillan Science Library) by Roger R. Flynn (Ed)

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# Hardcover: 800 pages
# Publisher: MacMillan Reference Books (June, 2002)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 0028655664

Computer Sciences Macmillan Science Library by Roger R Flynn ISBN 0028655664 4 parts
Each volume in this set is devoted to a different aspect of the computing world. While this arrangement is great for looking up related subjects, it presents a barrier to finding those topics that could fall into any of the volumes. Fortunately, each book also includes numerous cross-references and an outline that groups set contents thematically; volume four has a comprehensive index. The first volume focuses on the history of the technology and covers significant people and topics from Blaise Pascal and MP3 to digital photography and numerous businesses, associations, and organizations. The concepts, equipment, and areas central to the development of today's computers, such as games, e-mail, and artificial intelligence, are also covered. Volume two includes types and specific computer languages, programming, components, devices, and networking. Computer applications in medicine, "aesthetic and intellectual pursuits," and day-to-day equipment such as ATMs and cell phones are examined in the third volume. The final volume covers the ways modern life is changing and/or being affected by computers (e.g., cybercafes, surveillance) and the issues that take on new meaning in the electronic world (e.g., censorship, copyright). There is a good amount of overlap among the volumes. The authoritative articles are consistently readable, well organized, and easy to follow. Average-quality, black-and-white photographs and diagrams are scattered throughout. Sidebars present interesting, related topics, facts, and personalities. Terminology is defined in the margins and volume glossaries. An accessible, up-to-date resource.

An attractive, readable set designed to present the history of computers and reflect on their purpose, use, and impact today. Nearly 300 entries are organized into four volumes, usually with black-and-white illustrations, photos, or charts. Signed entries are two to four pages long and often include sidebars, definitions for terms or concepts, see also references, and bibliographies with a handful of current sources, many of them online. University professors are among the contributors. Repeated at the beginning of each volume are the preface, tables of measurements, time lines, and table of contents. Each volume concludes with the same glossary and topic outline and a volume index, with a cumulative index at the end of volume 4.

Volume 1 (Foundations: Ideas and People) covers history; volume 2 (Software and Hardware), the nuts and bolts of the technology; volume 3 (Social Applications), how computers affect our everyday lives; and volume 4 (Electronic Universe), the networked society. Organization within each volume is alphabetical. Some representative subjects covered in volume 1 include Babbage, Charles; IBM Corporation; and Transistors. In volume 2 we learn about Client/server technology, Game controllers, and Touch screens; in volume 3, about Airline reserva tions, Educational software, and Spreadsheets; and in volume 4, Cookies, Global positioning systems, and Political applications. Several articles are current enough to include the 9/11 attacks and October 2001 anthrax letters.