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    Computer: A History of the Information Machine (The Sloan Technology Series) (Paperback) By (author) William Aspray, By (author) Martin Campbell-Kelly

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    DescriptionBlending strong narrative history and a fascinating look at the interface of business and technology, Computer: A History of the Information Machine traces the dramatic story of the invention of the computer. More than just the tale of a tool created by scientists to crunch numbers, this book suggests a richer story behind the computers creation, one that shows how business and government were the first to explore the unlimited potential of the machine as an information processor. Blending strong narrative history and a fascinating look at the interface of business and technology, Computer: A History of the Information Machine traces the dramatic story of the invention of the computer. More than just the tale of a tool created by scientists to crunch numbers, this book suggests a richer story behind the computers creation, one that shows how business and government were the first to explore the unlimited potential of the machine as an information processor. Not surprisingly, at the heart of the business story is IBM. A story of old-fashioned entreprenuership in symbiotic relationship with scientific know-how, it begins way back when computers were people who did the computational work of scientists, and Charles Babbage attempted in vain to mechanize the process. But it also shows how entrepreneurs like Herman Hollerith, seeing a business opportunity in a machine that could mechanically tabulate the U. S. census, created a punched-card tabulator that became the technology that created IBM. The authors show how ENIAC, the first fully electronic computer, emerged out of the wartime need of the military for computers that performed at lightning speed and did not need human intervention at any stage of the process. Most interesting is the story of how the computer began to reshape broad segments of our society when the PC enabled new modes of computing that liberated people from dependence on room-sized, enormously expensive mainframe computers. Filled with lively insightsmany about the world of computing in the 1990s, such as the strategy behind Microsoft Windowsas well as a discussion of the rise and creation of the World Wide Web, here is a book no one who owns or uses a computer will want to miss.


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    Title
    Computer
    Subtitle
    A History of the Information Machine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Aspray, By (author) Martin Campbell-Kelly
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 395 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780465029907
    ISBN 10: 0465029906
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: COM
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: UY, TBX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.3T
    B&T General Subject: 480
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: LAN004000, COM014000, BUS070060
    DC21: 004.09
    BISAC V2.8: COM052000
    DC22: 004/.09
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: QA76.17 .C36 1997
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    BASIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 July 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Martin Campbell-Kelly is a reader in computer science at the University of Warwick in England. William Aspray is executive director of the Computing Research Association in Washington, D.C. Martin Campbell-Kelly is a reader in computer science at the University of Warwick in England. William Aspray is executive director of the Computing Research Association in Washington, D.C.
    Table of contents
    Introduction; Before The Computer; When Computers Were People; The Mechanical Office; Babbages Dream Comes True; Creating The Computer; Inventing the Computer; The Computer Becomes a Business Machine; The Maturing of the Mainframe: The Rise and Fall of IBM; Innovation And Expansion; Real Time: Reaping the Whirlwind; Software; New Modes of Computing; Getting Personal; The Shaping of the Personal Computer; The Shift to Software; From the World Brain to the World Wide Web.