The Definitive Guide to How Computers Do Math: Featuring the Virtual DIY Calculator

The Definitive Guide to How Computers Do Math: Featuring the Virtual DIY Calculator

by Clive Maxfield, Alvin Brown


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471732785
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/09/2005
Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

CLIVE "MAX" MAXFIELD is a bestselling author and engineer with a large following in the electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded systems industries. He is also one of the founders and President of the high-technology marketing consultancy TechBites (

ALVIN BROWN has spent over thirty years working in the electronics and computing industries. He currently acts as an engineering manager supervising remote development groups around the world.

Table of Contents


Do You Speak Martian

Chapter 1. Why This Book Is So Cool.

Chapter 2. Introducing Binary and Hexadecimal Numbers.

Chapter 3. Computers and Calculators.

Chapter 4. Subroutines and Other Stuff.

Chapter 5. Creating an Integer Calculator..

Chapter 6. More Functions and Experiments.

Interactive Laboratories.

Appendix A: Installing Your DIY Calculator.

Appendix B: Addressing Modes.

Appendix C: Instruction Set Summary.

Appendix D: Additional Resources.

About the Authors.



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"I found this book to be a lot of fun, and I think many high school teachers and students would enjoy it too." (Mathematics Teacher, September 2006)

"Clive 'Max' Maxfield and Alvin Brown have written a wonderful book…about the essential workings of computers." (The Embedded Muse, February 22, 2006)

"I have not seen a better description of the stack and related concepts. The authors obviously understand that these concepts are usually confusing to novices, and hence they support the material with good and simple examples." (Computing, January 16, 2006)

"It looks like Max has done it again, i.e., written another technical book that reminds us why we studied electronics in the first place—for the sheer fun of it." (Chip Design Magazine, December 2005/January 2006)

"The book is fun, highly informative, and full of vitally important stuff for both the technical and non-technical alike." (EDA Confidential, November 21, 2005)

"Everybody can learn from this lively book but it [is] especially helpful for teachers and engineers who want to share their interest in math and computing machinery with others." (Wireless Net DesignLine Newsletter, November 10, 2005)

"For those interested in a slightly off-beat approach to learning the basics of computer architectures, Maxfield and Brown have put together a multimedia package that's well worth the price of admission." (Electronic, October 20, 2005)

"The book is perfect for students and those among us who aspire to really understand what is going on in those gismos…the prose is easy to read, and the lab exercises are well designed." (Gabe On

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