Computer: a History of the Information Machine

Computer: a History of the Information Machine

Hardback The Sloan Technology Series

By (author) William Aspray, By (author) Martin Campbell-Kelly

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  • Publisher: Westview Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm
  • Publication date: 30 August 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder, CO
  • ISBN 10: 0813342651
  • ISBN 13: 9780813342658
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition

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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 a tale of a tool created by scientists to crunch numbers, this book suggests a richer story behind the computer's 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 an IBM. a story of old-fashioned entrepreneurship in a 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 punch-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

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