What makes computers tick?

...and do all the things they do?

I mean, how does electricity travelling from one side of the wall outlet to the other mimic the human brain? Just what are computers capable of?


Well, These brief pages are for anyone who has wondered those questions at least once. If you haven't, choose the (Back) selection on your web browser to leave this page.

The simple answer is that a computer consists of many electronic switches; an internal clock, or pulse generator makes it tick; and all it is capable of is manipulating and storing numbers. The magic of the computer is how programmers have put those manipulated numbers to some amazing uses.

Here's how it works:

Written by Wesley Eastridge, MD . Also doctors should check out Wesley's Doctor Page. This was written 4/8/96.