Machines That Think!

Big Ideas That Changed the World #2

Don Brown author



Published:28th Apr '20


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Machines That Think! cover

Award-winning author Don Brown explores computers and technology in book two of the Big Ideas series
Machines That Think! explores machines from ancient history to today that perform a multitude of tasks, from making mind-numbing calculations to working on assembly lines. Included are fascinating looks at the world’s earliest calculators, the birth of computer programming, and the arrival of smartphones. Contributors discussed include Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Ada Lovelace, and Bill Gates. From the abacus to artificial intelligence, machines through the ages have pushed the boundaries of human capability and creativity. Back matter includes a timeline, endnotes, a bibliography, an author’s note, and an index.

**STARRED REVIEW** "Terrific case study on the power of a big idea to work profound changes in our lives." * Kirkus Reviews *
**STARRED REVIEW** "Accessible, occasionally funny, and always thoughtful, this speedy but thorough trip through time is a must for budding scientists." * School Library Journal *
Brown’s signature watercolor illustrations keep the tone light and lively, and end matter comprising a timeline, biographical note, sources, author’s note, and al-Khwarizmi’s ever-so-useful “A Bit about Binary” addendum makes this report-ready for kids who appreciate the good nonfiction in the graphic novel shelves. * Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books *

ISBN: 9781419740985

Dimensions: 210mm x 147mm x 16mm

Weight: 420g

128 pages