1st Edition

How Things Work The Technology Edition

By Charles F. Bowman Copyright 2023
    284 Pages 32 Color & 82 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    284 Pages 32 Color & 82 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    284 Pages 32 Color & 82 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    It is beyond trite to say that technology is prevalent in our daily lives. However, many of us remain clueless as to how much of it works. Unfortunately, even for the curious among us, the Web is not always the best vehicle to acquire such knowledge: Information appears in fragments, some of it is incorrect or dated, and much of it serves as jargon-laden discussions intended for professionals.

    How Things Work: The Technology Edition will serve as a compendium of tutorials. Each section will focus on one technology or concept and provide the reader with a thorough understanding of the subject matter. After finishing the book, readers will understand the inner workings of the technologies they use every day and, more importantly, they will learn how they can make these tools work for them. In addition, the book will also inform readers about the darker side of modern technology: Security and privacy concerns, malware, and threats from the dark web.

    1. Introduction. 

    2. How Do Cell Phones Work? 

    3. How Does GPS Work? 

    4. How Does Computer Hardware Work? 

    5. What Is Software?

    6. How Do Computers Communicate? 

    7. How Does the Internet Work?

    8. How Do Cryptocurrencies Work?

    9. What Is Artificial Intelligence? 

    10. What Is Quantum Computing?

    11. What's Next? 


    Charles F. Bowman is a respected Senior Software Architect serving numerous prestigious clients, including the New York Stock Exchange and the United States Patent Office. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate computer science courses at St. John’s University, the City University of New York, and St. Thomas Aquinas College. Mr. Bowman has published several books including Algorithms and Data Structures: An Approach in C (Harcourt Brace/Oxford University Press); Objectifying Motif (Cambridge University Press/SIGs Books); Wisdom of the Gurus (Cambridge University Press/SIGs Books); Broadway: The Complete Internet Architecture (Addison/Wesley); and Computer Science for People in a Hurry (CRC Press; Currently under contract). Mr. Bowman has served as Editor-in-Chief for The X Journal, UNIX Developer, and CORBA Development; and Series Editor for the Managing Object Technology book series of Cambridge University Press/SIGs Books. He is also a regular contributor to many respected journals and magazines. (A complete list of publications is available upon request.) A graduate of New York’s prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School, Mr. Bowman also holds a BS degree in Computer Science from St. John’s University and an MS degree in Computer Science from New York University.