The Computer

The Computer

by Gayle Worland
     
 

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The first programmable general purpose electronic computer was introduced in 1946. Did you know that the first machine to help people compute numbers was invented over 2500 years ago? Explore the history of the computer, and discover how this great invention developed into the machines we use today. See more details below

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The first programmable general purpose electronic computer was introduced in 1946. Did you know that the first machine to help people compute numbers was invented over 2500 years ago? Explore the history of the computer, and discover how this great invention developed into the machines we use today.

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Children's Literature
Ambitious 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
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-These brief introductions begin by explaining what items were used before the featured invention was developed, such as telegrams (Telephone) and the abacus (Computer). Each title traces the process of discovery for its device, explains how it works, and discusses its impact on humanity. The books' pleasing layout will entice youngsters and help them gain information as they read the simple texts. Mostly black-and-white photographs and drawings show the individuals responsible for creating the inventions and their first use in society, while color photos highlight the more current usage. Each offering ends with a page of "Fast Facts" and an interesting activity (making a telephone with cups and string, using binary code to write a message, and making radio waves with a battery and coin). Joanne Mattern's Telephones (Enslow, 2002) and Josepha Sherman's The History of the Personal Computer (Watts, 2003) provide more in-depth coverage.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736845403
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Great Inventions Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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