The Tao of Computing, Second Edition

Henry M. Walker

July 6, 2012 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 555 Pages - 92 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439892510 - CAT# K14146
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing


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  • Provides a comprehensive, practical introduction to the key computer fluency topics that every student should know
  • Covers up-to-date and timely topics, including examples from popular culture
  • Uses a question and answer format throughout
  • Includes new research exercises, as well as expanded discussion questions and exercises


Describing both the practical details of interest to students and the high-level concepts and abstractions highlighted by faculty, The Tao of Computing, Second Edition presents a comprehensive introduction to computers and computer technology. This edition updates its popular predecessor with new research exercises and expanded discussion questions.

It uses a question-and-answer format to provide thoughtful answers to the many practical questions that students have about computing. Among the questions answered, the book explains:

  • What capabilities computers have in helping people solve problems and what limitations need to be considered
  • Why machines act the way they do
  • What is involved in getting computers to interact with networks

The book offers a down-to-earth overview of fundamental computer fluency topics, from the basics of how a computer is organized and an overview of operating systems to a description of how the Internet works. The second edition describes new technological advances including social media applications and RSS feeds.


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