The Facts on File Dictionary of Computer Science / Edition 2

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Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection will find this a welcome addition to the series. The basic concepts of computer science are covered in clear, easy-to-understand language. More than 1,600 entries detail the fundamentals of computer science, such as hardware, software, and applications. Among the topics covered are: artificial intelligence, home computer use, information technology, the Internet, security issues and much more.

Valerie is a physicist who has edited a number of dictionaries.

John is an editor and contributor to many reference works. He resides in Aylesbury, England.

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Editorial Reviews

Based on the Minidictionary of Computing (Oxford University Press, 1986), this updated and revised version contains more than sixteen hundred brief explanations of the terminology of modern computer science. Extensive cross-references are included, both as headwords and within other definitions. The appendix includes mathematical symbols and notation, a glossary of file extensions, listings of organizational and geographic top-level domain names, U.S. subdomain names, and a chart of number conversions between decimal, binary, octal, and hex from 1 to 255. Occasional black-and-white line drawings and charts provide additional information. The principal focus is on programming and hardware terminology, although various electronic computing and telecommunications applications are referenced as well. Appropriate for users with low- to mid-level computer experience who are competent readers, the entries vary in their expectation of prior knowledge. Several definitions require understanding of sophisticated mathematical concepts, such as the elaboration of Julia set as "a set of points in the complex plane defined by iteration of a complex number." Coverage is somewhat incomplete. Freeware, for instance, is included but open source is not. Likewise, backslash is defined, but not forward slash, although both are referenced in the entry on reserved character. Unevenness notwithstanding, the book will prove a handy reference for budding computer scientists, otherwise known as geeks (definition not included). Illus. Appendix. 2001, Facts on File, 249p. PLB $44. Ages 14 to Adult. Reviewer: Kim Carter with Chris Andreasen, Teen Reviewer SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
Contains 1600 entries that define the most relevant and frequently used terms in modern computer science, articulating the latest changes and trends in hardware, software, and applications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816059997
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Science Dictionaries Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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