Brown Dogs and Barbers

What’s Computer Science All About?

Brown Dogs and Barbers is a popular science book that I wrote to explain the fundamentals of computer science to anyone – no expertise required.

Here’s what the blurb says:

Computers are everywhere, running our lives, handling our social interactions, serving as the backbone of every business.

And yet, how well do we understand them? How much do we know about their rise to ubiquity? We take computers for granted, but there is a fascinating wealth of ideas waiting to be explored, a rich trail of information explaining how we got to where we are now. That trail includes grand dreams, intricate puzzles, mind-stretching concepts and a cast of colourful characters.

Brown Dogs and Barbers is a story about computer science. Join me on a journey through the story of computing, discover just what makes the machines tick, learn why computers work the way they do and meet the cast of characters responsible for it all.

What are people saying about the book?

If you have no background in computer science, this book will be a revelation. And if you think you know what computer science is about, this book will invoke connections you may never have considered before.

This book could not have come at a better time, nor be better pitched.

Roger Davies, British Computer Society (Link)

A lighthearted and easy read. I would thoroughly recommend it for any teacher (or student) who wishes to expand and deepen their knowledge of the subject.

Terry Freedman, ICT in Education (Link)

“One of the best and most interesting books on computing I have ever purchased.”

“Considering the topic this a surprisingly easy and enjoyable read.”

“Essential reading for CS A-level and first year CS uni students. Great for the lay person too.”

Selected reviews from (Link)

Where can you get the book?

Available to buy in paperback or ebook at Amazon (UK, US, Germany, Canada), Smashwords, iTunes.

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