Introduction to Computer Data Representation

Numbers and Computers

Author(s): Peter Fenwick

Pp: 5-11 (7)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608058822114010004

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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.

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