The Discrete Charm of the Machine: Why the World Became Digital

Author:   Ken Steiglitz
Publisher:   Princeton University Press
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9780691229027


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   23 November 2021
Format:   Paperback
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The genesis of the digital idea and why it transformed civilization A few short decades ago, we were informed by the smooth signals of analog television and radio; we communicated using our analog telephones; and we even computed with analog computers. Today our world is digital, built with zeros and ones. Why did this revolution occur? The Disc

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Author:   Ken Steiglitz
Publisher:   Princeton University Press
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
ISBN:  

9780691229027


ISBN 10:   0691229023
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   23 November 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  General ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Computer scientist Steiglitz examines the global transformation from analog to digital and the ways it changed how we calculate, communicate and entertain ourselves. He describes the nuts and bolts of taking something analog, such as waves traveling through the air that make sound, and converting them into 0s and 1s, all in witty and cogent language. ---Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American This is an engaging and enjoyable book. Readers interested in the differences between analogue and digital approaches to computation and signal processing will not find a better popular treatment. ---Thomas Haigh, Nature Electronics


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Ken Steiglitz is professor emeritus of computer science and senior scholar at Princeton University. His books include Combinatorial Optimization, A Digital Signal Processing Primer, and Snipers, Shills, and Sharks (Princeton). He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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