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Inside the Machine explains how microprocessors operate - what they do, and how they do it. Written by the co-founder of the highly respected Ars Technica site, the book begins with the fundamentals of computing, defining what a computer is and using analogies, numerous 4-color diagrams, and clear explanations to communicate the concepts that form the basis of modern computing. After discussing computers in the abstract, the book goes on to cover specific microprocessors, discussing in detail how they work and how they differ.

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"Great intro to what makes computers tick!" - by Pete on 08-MAR-2011
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Stokes does an excellent job introducing the concepts of how all computers work. Then builds on this detail chapter by chapter in a fascinating tour through many of the great CPUs of the last 20 years or so.

What makes this book stand out above many others is the clarity of the diagrams. Rather than being packed with ancillary and often confusing details Stokes simplifies the diagrams to enhance understanding.

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