Chapter 1: The Ghostly LEGOs of Computing

    How Waves Take the Universe on a Joy Ride, How Information Rides the Waves

    How Electromagnetism Is the Ghost in the Machine

    How We Control Electricity

    How Computers Create Our World Using Numbers

Chapter 2: How Computers Remember

    How a Little Transistor Does Big Jobs

    Writing Data to RAM

    Reading Data from RAM

    How Flash Memory Remembers When the Switch is Off

Chapter 3: How a Little Microprocessor Does Big Things

    How a Processor Tracks Numbers

    How a Processor Does Math

    How a Processor Moves Data

    How Multi-Core Processors Work

    How Desktop CPUs Keep It Complex

    How Mobile CPUs Keep It Simple

Chapter 4: How Motherboards Conduct a Symphony of Data

    How a Motherboard Brings It All Together

    How the Chipset Directs Traffic

    How PCI-Express Breaks the Bus Barrier

Chapter 5: How Words Are Stitched into Programs

    How a Program Is a Roadmap

    How Software Interpreters Generate Action

    How a Compiler Churns Out Software

Chapter 6: How Applications Work So You Can Play

    How Text SHOUTS and Whispers 

    How Databases Track Everything

    How Databases Pack it In

    How Databases Make Connections

    How Spreadsheets Solve Formulas

    How Numbers Become Pictures

    How Art Is Compressed to Save Space

    How Imaging Software Paints by Numbers

    How Photo Editors Revive Old Memories

    How Apps Fuel Mobile Devices

Chapter 7: How Games Create New Worlds

    How Computers Plot a 3D World

    How 3D Gets Dressed

    How Shaders Control the World

    How Games Populate New Worlds

Chapter 8: How Security Software Fights Off Invaders

    How Computer Hackers Break In

    How Spyware Reports Everything You Do

    How Viruses Invade Your Computer

    How Viruses Hitch Rides in Your Email

    How Antivirus Software Fights Back

    How Firewalls Keep Hackers Out

    How Spammers Find You

    How Antispam Software Sniffs Out Phony Email

    How Prime Numbers Protect Prime Secrets

Chapter 9: The Origins of Computer DNA

    Fossils of the Premobilian Era

    Persistent Relics: The Mouse

    Persistent Relics: The Keyboard

    How the Workaday Floppy Drive Ruled

    How the CRT Was the Grande Dame of Displays

    How the Impact Printer Was Right on the Spot

    The Unlikely Progenitor to the Internet: The Dialup Modem

    How Cabling Was Worse: Serial

    How Cabling Was Worse: Parallel

    How the Power Supply Hasn’t Changed

    How the iPhone Made It Slick

Chapter 10: How Small Mutations Pay Off Big

    How USB Really Is Universal

    How Little Bits Add Up to Big Changes

    How File Compression Makes Files Smaller

    How Solid State Drives Command the Instant

    How Solid State Drives Take Out the Trash

    How PCs Use Light to Remember

    How Optical Disc Drives Write with Light

Chapter 11: Honey, I’ve Shrunk the PC...

    How Computers Get Smaller… and Better

    How iPods Dish Out Media

    How eInk Puts Words on Your eReader

    How All Those Smarts Got Packed into a Smartphone

    How Google Glass Makes Us Cyborgs

Chapter 12: Evolution of the Super Computer

    How Video Cards Break the Game Barrier

    How Overclocking Multiplies Time

    How a PC Keeps Its Cool

    How Advanced Cooling Refrigerates Your PC

    How Jailbreaking Frees Your Devices

Chapter 13: How Cameras Capture Memories

    How Digital Cameras Capture the Moment

    How Autofocus Clears the Picture

    How Cameras Choose an Exposure

Chapter 14: How We Stay in Touch

    How Your Smartphone Knows Where You Are

    How Devices Recognize Our Touch

    How Glass Becomes Strong and Supple

    How Game Controllers Let You Play

    How Game Controllers Let You Feel the Force

    How Smartphones Get Good Vibrations

    How Devices Capture Light

    How a Flatbed Simplifies Scanning

    How Codes Keep Track of Everything (Everything!)

    How Optical Character Recognition Works

Chapter 15: How a Computer Creates Visions

    How an LCD Creates Glowing Colors

    How Plamsa Displays Glow

    How DLP Spins Colors

    How OLED Lights Up a New Generation of Displays

    How 3D Makes You Duck

Chapter 16: How Computers Tickle Your Ears

    How Your Device Listens

    How Speakers Sound Off

    How Digital Sound Tricks Your Ear

    How 3D Audio Surrounds You

Chapter 17: How Networks Tie Computers Together

    How Computers Connect to Each Other

    How Data Travels Between Computers

    How Wi-Fi Makes the Internet Portable

    How Bluetooth Keeps Devices Connected

    How NFC Lets Smart Devices Make Close Calls

Chapter 18: How the Internet Brings Us the World

    How Broadband Crams in the Data

    How DSL Turbocharges a Phone Line

    How Cable Brings the Internet to Your Neighborhood

    How Fiber Optics Lights Up the Future

    How Computers Make Phone Calls

    How Cellular Evolved

    How Networks Talk with Each Other

    How Information Travels the Internet

    How Online Services Serenade You

    How Movies Flow into Your Home

Chapter 19: How the Web Puts It All at Your Fingertips

    How a Browser Opens Pages

    How a Browser Displays Web Pages

    How Cookies Trade Crumbs of Data

    How Google Knows Everything

    How eBay Sells Everything

Chapter 20: How We Keep in Touch the Internet Way

    How Email Outraces Snail Mail

    How Facebook Lets Your Cat Go Viral

    How Twitter Changes Communication

    How Internet File Sharing Works

    How BitTorrents Spread the Wealth

    How Clouds Encompass Us All

Chapter 21: How Black and White Printing Works

    How Printers Make Cookie Cutter Text

    How Outline Fonts Set the Imagination Free

    How a Printer Writes with Light

Chapter 22: Printing Gutenberg Never Imagined

    How Printers Create Color

    Ho an Ink-jet Sprays Images

    How a Printer Spits Out Photographs

    How a Laser Printer Creates in Color

    How a Solid Ink Color Printer Works

    How Printers Create in 3D