Charles Petzold: The Hook of a Book called “Code”

May 16, 2018 brightideastv

Charles Petzold: The Hook of a Book called “Code”

On YouTube:  Friday, June 1, 2018, 6 PM EDT, 3 PDT


Charles Petzold will be on hand to discuss his Bright Idea: how a complex technology like computers can be described more fruitfully by going back in time to its historical origins.

About Charles Petzold

Charles Petzold is best known among programmers for the 1988 book Programming Windows, which was one of the first books about Windows programming, and which through subsequent editions guided a generation of programmers through the intricacies of Windows.

But perhaps a more enduring legacy is Petzold’s two unique books about digital technologies with long subtitles – Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software and The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour through Alan Turing’s Historical Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine.

Petzold is currently working on a book about analog computing tentatively entitled Computer of the Tides: Lord Kelvin’s Machine to Disprove Evolution.