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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Miscellaneous Topics

Pp. 219-248 (30)

Peter Fenwick


This chapter contains a variety of topics, especially a history of numbers, justification for binary bits, good number representations, the history of `word', `bit' and `byte', a history of character codes, a variety of decimal codes and Roman numbers.


History of number representations, why use 0s and 1s, good and bad representations, history of byte, kilobytes and Megabytes, character codes, decimal codes, Roman Numbers, scaling invariance.


The University of Auckland (Retired) New Zealand