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    Computer: a History of the Information Machine (The Sloan Technology Series) (Hardback) 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 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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    a History of the Information Machine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Aspray, By (author) Martin Campbell-Kelly
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    ISBN 13: 9780813342658
    ISBN 10: 0813342651

    BIC E4L: COM
    BIC subject category V2: HBT, UY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.3T
    BISAC V2.8: COM032000, COM014000, COM080000
    DC21: 004.09
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QA76.17.C3
    LC subject heading:
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    Westview Press Inc
    Publication date
    30 August 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Boulder, CO