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Children's LiteratureAmbitious in its scope, this book manages to take the reader from 500 B.C. and the invention of the abacus to current times and the appearance of the laptop. Along the way, the reader is introduced to some of the key figures in the field of computing—from mathematicians to chess players to engineers—and is exposed to some of the history behind the computer's invention, as well as the development of ever-increasingly powerful and small technologies that have fueled the revolution. A brief introduction to the binary system is reinforced by an exercise of writing in binary code, which looks fun and memorable. As part of the "Fact Finders" series, this edition includes a glossary, index, list of supplemental reading materials, fast facts, and a guide to using the www.facthound website. The book is written with specific curriculum objectives in mind and contains enough material to boot up a young reader's mind, yet not too much to overwhelm the reader who may not have a vested interest in the subject. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
— Susan Schott Karr