The Most Complex Machine
Welcome to the home page for, The Most Complex Machine:
A Survey of Computers and Computing, by
The Most Complex Machine is an introductory computer
science textbook that can also be read by anyone who wants to
understand how computers work and what computer science is
about. It is supplemented by free
software and lab worksheets based
on that software. (The programs are currently written only
for Macintosh computers, but I plan to port them to Windows
I welcome your comments and questions!
Send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- January 6, 1996. I have writen my first Java
applet! If you have a
Web browser that supports Java, check it out
here. Eventually, I
hope to port all the programs for The Most Complex Machine to Java.
- January 5, 1996. I have posted the program xComputer, including
documentation and examples, as a separate package. See the
- September 14, 1995. Hobart and William Smith Colleges have
upgraded their connection to the Internet from 56Kbps to
128Kbps. This means that downloading speed from this server
should be improved.
- August 15, 1995. The Most Complex Machine is now
in print! (Published by A K Peters, Wellesley, Massachusetts;
ISBN number 1-56881-054-7)
- August 3, 1995. I have posted the program xTuringMachine as a
separate package, including documentation, for
joins xSortLab, xLogicCircuits, and the two xModels programs.
- July 16, 1995. I have written the final three of fifteen labs, so the
Lab Manual for Macintosh is complete and available for downloading
(from the downloading page).
About The Most Complex Machine
If you would like to know more about the book, you can read:
And when you decide you've got to have the book, here is an
order form (but note that the book won't
actually be published until July).
Software and Lab Worksheets
Programs for Macintosh computer and lab worksheets are available for downloading.
For more infomation, see:
Information for CS 100
Computer Science 100: "Principles of Computer Science" is the course in which I use
The Most Complex Machine. This information was put here mostly for the benefit of
students who were taking that course, which is now over.
- Information for Spring '96:
- Information from previous terms (note that the material covered in these
terms was not exactly the same as for the current term):
- The Fall '95 course handout.
- First test and
from Fall '95.
- Quizzes from Fall '95:
- The Spring '95 course handout.
- Test #1 and test #2 from Spring '95, with answers.
- Quizzes (#1,
from Spring '95, with answers.
- Quizzes from Spring '94, with answers.