Everyone has a personal computer; on your desk, in your pocket, in front of your face as you read this blog post… We use them constantly. Yet for something that is so important to our modern routines, not many people understand anything about how they work. They seem so complex on the inside, most people are content being ignorant and don’t question the series of scientific miracles happening before their eyes as they Google funny cat gifs.
I just finished reading The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson, a book that covers the entire history of the computer and internet, showcasing the long list of contributors who slowly moved the world to our current age of information. It’s a great book and I recommend it to anyone interested in technology. It does a great job of breaking down the computer into digestible chunks, reinforcing the idea that even the most complicated structures are really just a collection of smaller, simpler structures.