Computers Ltd What They Really Can't Do

ISBN-10: 0198604424
ISBN-13: 9780198604426
Edition: 2003
Authors: David Harel
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Computers are incredible. They are one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, dramatically and irrevocably changing the way we live. That is the good news. The bad news is that there are still major limitations to computers, serious problems that not even the most powerful computers can solve. The consequences of such limitations can be serious. Too often these limits get overlooked, in the quest for bigger, better, and more powerful computers. In Computers Ltd., David Harel, best-selling author of Algorithmics, explains and illustrates one of the most fundamental, yet under-exposed facets of computers - their inherent limitations. Looking at the bad news that is proven, lasting and robust, discussing limitations that no amounts of hardware, software, talents or resources can overcome, the book presents a disturbing and provocative view of computing at the start of the 21st century. Along the way he shows just how far from perfect computers are, while shattering some of the many claims made for these machines. Though we may strive for bigger and better things in computing, we need to be realistic: computers are not omnipotent - far from it. Moreover, the problem is real and here to stay.

What's it all about
Sometimes we can't do it
Sometimes we can't afford to do it
Sometimes we just don't know
Trying to ease the pain
Turning bad into good
Can we ourselves do any better

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