When Worlds Collide: Analog vs. Digital

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When Worlds Collide: Analog vs. Digital

We live in a universe whose natural processes are analog; yet we choose to model those processes on digital computers. Does this make sense? If digital technologies are so great, why do we increasingly hide digital computation under fluid and bouncy user interfaces? If analog computers are so lame, why are they also so clever, so elegant, and so fascinating? Join Charles Petzold in an exploration of the analog and digital computation of natural processes in an off-beat and thought-provoking presentation that connects Vannevar Bush's Differential Analyzer of the 1920s with Windows 8 and other modern user interfaces.

Speaker:   Charles Petzold
Date:   August 7th, 2013
Time:   6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (see here for more detail)
Location:   MedAssets - Plano, TX
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Speaker Bio

Charles Petzold is best known as the author of Programming Windows, first published in 1988 and recently rewritten for a Sixth Edition about Windows 8. He is also the author of books on .NET programming, and Windows Phone 7, as well as two unique books that explore the origins and underpinnings of digital computing: Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software (Microsoft Press, 1999) and The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine (Wiley, 2008) He is currently writing the monthly DirectX Factor column for MSDN Magazine and working on a book about the roots and concepts of analog computing. His web site is www.charlespetzold.com.


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