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    DescriptionSecret wartime projects in code-breaking, radar and ballistics produced a wealth of ideas and technologies that kick-started the development of digital computers. This is the story of the people and projects that flourished in the post-war period. By 1955 computers had begun to appear in the market-place. The Information Age was dawning and Alan Turing and his contemporaries held centre stage. Their influence is still discernable deep down within today's hardware and software.


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    Title
    Alan Turing and His Contemporaries
    Subtitle
    Building the World's First Computers
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Simon H. Lavington, Contributions by Martin Campbell-Kelly, Contributions by Chris Burton, Contributions by Roger Johnson, Contributions by Simon H. Lavington
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 111
    Width: 189 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 7 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781906124908
    ISBN 10: 1906124906
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TEC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.9
    BIC subject category V2: PDX, TBX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    BIC subject category V2: UB
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    BISAC V2.8: COM014000
    Libri: I-TE
    BISAC V2.8: COM080000
    DC22: 004.092
    DC23: 004.0922
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/HISTAS
    Thema V1.0: TBX, PDX, UB
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    BCS Learning & Development Limited
    Imprint name
    BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
    Publication date
    11 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Swindon
    Author Information
    Chris Burton is one of the world's leading restorers of historic computers. Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly is the UK's foremost computer historian. Dr Roger Johnson is a past President of the British Computer Society. Professor Simon Lavington is the Computer Conservation Society's digital Archivist. All are committee members of the Computer Conservation Society.
    Review quote
    Fantastic! This is an excellent romp through early computer history, placing Alan Turing's work in a broader context and introducing the reader to some of the significant machines and personalities that created our digital world. The myth of a lone inventor is rarely true - this book leads the reader through complex but intriguing stories of the sung and unsung heroes and machines of a pioneering computing industry. -- Dr Tilly Blyth Science Museum There can be no doubt that Alan Turing was a brilliant man who changed the course of history in countless ways, but there were many other brilliant minds involved in bringing computer science to life and ultimately into our homes. This fascinating book reminds us of the importance of their contribution. A fitting tribute to those who gave the world so much. -- Kate Russell BBC Click A practical, clearly written tour through those early years. -- Erica Wagner The Times
    Table of contents
    1. The ideas men. 2. Ivory towers and tea rooms. 3. The Manchester machines 4. Meanwhile, in deepest Hertfordshire 5. One man in a barn 6. Aces and Deuces 7. Into the market place 8. Hindsight and foresight: Turing's legacy 9. Bibliography and references 10. Timeline: Alan Turing's life with computers. 11. Index.