Introduction and Overview
The Big Questions
- What is this thing called the Web?
- Where did it come from?
- Where is it going?
- Why have computers taken over the world?
- Are there any limitations to what they can do?
- Could they ever become super-intelligent?
- What is computer science all about?
- We'll start by looking at the history of computer technology and the Web
- We'll learn HTML, the language of the Web (added benefit: it's fun and
- We'll take a look "under the hood" to see how computers really work
- We'll study abstract models of computation called Turing Machines, which
will tell us something about the ultimate limits of computers
- We'll talk about robots and artificial intelligence
- We'll consider the social impact of computers and the Web
- Our approach will be hands-on, with many in-class labs and
exercises on the computer
- We'll read about the development of the Web from the perspective of its
inventor, Tim Berners-Lee
- Many supplemental readings as well
- Learn practical Web design and programming skills
- Learn to think in a rigorous, precise, and logical way
- Understand the fundamental principles of computers and computation
- Gain a deeper appreciation of the role of technology in society from a
liberal arts perspective