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How Computers Do Math Festooned with nuggets of information and tidbits of trivia, our book How Computers Do Math (ISBN: 0471732788) provides an incredibly fun and interesting introduction to the way in which computers perform their magic in general and how they do math in particular (check out the contents).

The CD-ROM accompanying the book contains a virtual "Do-it-Yourself (DIY)" computer/calculator called the DIY Calculator. The book’s step-by-step interactive laboratories guide you in the creation of a simple calculator program to run on your DIY Calculator (check out the laboratories). This CD-ROM also contains a wealth of additional information, such as the 200-page Official DIY Calculator Data Book and a rather interesting History of Calculators, Computers, and Other Stuff document.

EPE Magzine Article How Computers Do Math (which you can Order from Amazon right now as we speak ... hint, hint) can be enjoyed by non-technical individuals; students of computer science, electronics engineering, and mathematics; and even practicing engineers (to name but a few). All of the illustrations and interactive laboratories featured in the book are provided on the CD-ROM for use by high-school, college, and university educators as lecture notes and handouts. 

If you're still not convinced, check out the Introducing The DIY Calculator article that appeared in the UK's premier electronics and computing hobbyist magazine EPE.


"It looks like Max and Alvin have done it again, i.e., written another technical book that reminds us why we studied electronics in the first place – for the sheer fun of it."

Chip Design Magazine, December 2005/January 2006

"The book is perfect for students and those among us who aspire to really understand what is going on in those gismos ... the prose is easy to read, and the lab exercises are well designed."

Gabe On EDA.com

"For those interested in a slightly off-beat approach to learning the basics of computer architectures, Maxfield and Brown have put together a multimedia package that's well worth the price of admission."

Electronic Design.com, October 20, 2005

"The combination of this book and its associated virtual computer is fantastic! Experience over the last 50 years has shown me that there’s only one way to truly understand how computers work; and that is to learn one computer and its instruction set – no matter how simple or primitive – from the ground up. Once you fully comprehend how that simple computer functions, you can easily extrapolate to more complex machines."

Fred Hudson (retired engineer/scientist)


"This book – along with the virtual DIY Calculator – is an incredibly useful teaching and learning tool. The interesting trivia nuggets keep you turning the pages to see what's next. Students will have so much fun reading the text and performing the labs that they won't even realize they are learning."

Michael Haghighi
Chairperson of the Business and Computer Information Systems Division
Calhoun Community College, Huntsville, Alabama, USA


"At last, a book that presents an innovative approach to the teaching of Computer Architecture. Written with authority and verve, witty, superbly illustrated, and enhanced with many laboratory exercises, this book is a must for students and teachers alike."

Dr. Albert Koelmans
Lecturer in Computer Engineering
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
(EASIT-Eng Gold Award recipient for Innovative Teaching in Computer Engineering, 2003)