How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology, 10th Edition

How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology, 10th Edition
By Ron White

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The Evolution of Technology


Having sold more than 2 million copies over its lifetime, How Computers Work is the definitive illustrated guide to the world of PCs and technology. In this new edition, you’ll find detailed information not just about PCs, but about how changes in technology have evolved the giant, expensive computer dinosaurs of last century into the smaller but more powerful smartphones, tablets, and wearable computing of today. Whether your interest is in business, gaming, digital photography, entertainment, communications, or security, you’ll learn how computing is evolving the way you live.


A full-color, illustrated adventure into the wonders of TECHNOLOOGY


This full-color, fully illustrated guide to the world of technology assumes nothing and explains everything. Only the accomplished and award-winning team of writer Ron White and artist Tim Downs has the unique ability to meld descriptive text with one-of-a-kind visuals to fully explain how the electronic gear we depend on every day is made possible. In addition to all the content you’ve come to expect from prior editions, this newly revised edition includes all-new coverage of topics such as:


•   How smartphones and tablet PCs put the power of a desktop computer in your hands–literally

•   How computing technology is linking our homes, work place, entertainment, and daily communications

•   How advances such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, eBay, and smartphones are expanding our universe of friends, knowledge, and opportunity

•   How increased miniaturization leads to new products, such as smartphone, smartwatches, and Google Glass

•   How computing technology takes advantages of quantum physics and innovations no one even imagined a few years ago


For two decades, How Computers Work has helped newbies understand new technology, while hackers and IT pros have treasured it for the depth of knowledge it contains. This is the perfect book about computing to capture your imagination, delight your eyes, and expand your mind, no matter what your technical level!


Beautifully detailed illustrations and jargon-free explanations walk you through the technology that is shaping our lives. See the hidden workings inside computers, smartphones, tablets, Google Glass, and the latest tech inventions.



Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #29315 in Books
  • Brand: Tim Downs Ron White
  • Published on: 2014-12-18
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.90" h x 1.00" w x 8.00" l, 2.99 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 384 pages


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Editorial Reviews

From the Author
"Readers and I have caught some errors in the first printing of HowComputers Work 10th Edition.  I have created a Facebook page at where you'll find corrected pages for all the errors readers and I have found. In addition, I've added some videos and information about newertechnology that was not available when the book was printed. All thecorrections are incorporated in the second printing of the book. -- RonWhite"

About the Author

Ron White has been writing How Computers Work for 20 years, during which time he’s also been executive editor at PC Computing magazine,, and He’s been a computer columnist for Windows Sources and 80 Micro. How Computers Work was named best nonfiction computer book, and his writing has been honored by the Maggie Awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, and The National Endowment for the Humanities. He and his wife, Sue, have bounced back and forth between Boston and San Francisco before finally ending up in San Antonio.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
2abundant errors
By Nick L
Overall a great idea for a book. I am really putting a void account of effort into the reading (trying to gain a solid understanding of computers). But there are numerous errors in just the first chapter alone. I am considering returning the book and finding a textbook. Funny how this is recommended reading for Harvard's CS50x course.

38 of 42 people found the following review helpful.
3I am finding errors early in the book
By Brian H. Fiedler
Beautiful illustrations, but I am finding errors. This one is forgivable, in the Introduction to the 10th Edition, page xviii: "...a computer that would return a solution in the form of punch cards". I remember punch cards for input, but not output. On page 17, I am asked to view an image of a two-bit Mona Lisa. But I see a color Mona Lisa. I think the image must be at least 8 bit. Also on page 17, the explanation for multi-bit sampling is not consistent with the Diagrams A and B that are referenced. The same diagrams are referenced a bit more intelligently in the discussion of sampling rate. Are the appropriate diagrams missing? Onward to Chapter 2, but I am disillusioned. Comments are welcome about suspected errors.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Love this book
By Paul Bellegarde
Love this book.
Bought a prior release back in the 90's when I first got into computers.
It was SOOOO helpful and written so well. The graphics are perfect.
I bought this version for my son. He kept professing how he knew all about computers, when actually, he is just an advanced user. I told him it was like being a racecar driver but not knowing how the car is put together. I am having him read this book over the summer and he is devouring it and having intelligent computer discussions with me. So happy for this book.

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