Introduction to Computer Data Representation

Introduction to Computer Data Representation introduces readers to the representation of data within computers. Starting from basic principles of number representation in computers, the book covers ...
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Numbers and Computers

Pp. 5-11 (7)

Peter Fenwick

Abstract

We start with the basic ideas of "numbers" and "counting" and how the concepts and requirements differ with different levels of technical and administrative sophistication. This is followed by a brief summary of the development of calculating devices, to the structure of the "von Neumann" computer. Finally, we introduce the requirements of a computer, the importance of memory and an overview of data storage within that memory.

Keywords:

Concept of "number", development of calculation, Babbage analytical engine, Babbage Difference Engine, Colossus, ENIAC, von Neumann, underlying technology, data in memory.

Affiliation:

The University of Auckland (Retired) New Zealand