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Matthew Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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Code (or, How You Can Write Something Differently)

Code (or, How You Can Write Something Differently)

Chapter:
(p.40) Code (or, How You Can Write Something Differently)
Source:
Software Studies
Author(s):

Friedrich Kittler

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.003.0006

The author begins this chapter with the definition of the code; he also explains the historical background and the legal and technical meaning of the code. The chapter focuses on the immense significance of code in the communications technology, cryptography, and other computer fields. It highlights the code as a messenger system by discussing the evolution of Morse code technology, decoding, encoding, and cipher techniques. The chapter further discusses the role of Alan Turing and his invention, the Turing machine, a principle controller of any computer system. The conclusion of the chapter explores the technological advancements of coding/encoding/decoding in modern times.

Keywords:   communications technology, cryptography, coding, Turing machine, encoding, decoding

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