The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal

Penguin USA (P) C/O Penguin Putnam Incorporated, 2002 - 502 páginas
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While most people may not be familiar with the name J. C. R. Licklider, he was the guiding spirit behind the greatest revolution of the modern era. At a time when most computers were big, ponderous mainframes, he envisioned them as desktop tools that could empower individuals, foster creativity, and allow the sharing of information all over the world. Working from an obscure office in the depths of the Pentagon, he set in motion the forces that could make his vision real. Writing with the same novelistic flair that made his Complexity "the most exciting intellectual adventure story of the year" ("The Washington Post"), Waldrop presents the history of this great enterprise and the first full-scale portrait of the man whose dream of a "human-computer symbiosis" changed the course of science and culture, gave us the modern world of computing, and laid the foundation for the Internet age.
"Waldrop's account of [Licklider's] and many others' world-transforming contributions is compelling." (John Allen Paulos, "The New York Times Book Review")
"A masterpiece! A mesmerizing but balanced and comprehensive look at the making of the information revolution." (John Seely Brown, former director of Xerox PARC, and coauthor of "The Social Life of Information")

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Review: The Dream Machine: JCR Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal

Procura do Utilizador  - Nick Black - Goodreads

Not so much a biography of Licklider as an accessible history of computing -- especially the one-off (ENIAC, EDVAC, Illiac, ad nauseam) era -- tied together by Licklider's story (Waldrop leaves him ... Ler crítica na íntegra

Review: The Dream Machine: JCR Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal

Procura do Utilizador  - Scott Hotes - Goodreads

Lent to me by chance by a coworker, I am having a hard time putting this down. I've made it through the first quarter of this (fairly dense) book and already we've covered the contributions of N ... Ler crítica na íntegra


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M. Mitchell Waldrop, formerly a senior writer at "Science" magazine, is the author of "Complexity" & "Man-Made Minds". He lives in Washington, D.C.

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