ENIAC: the triumphs and tragedies of the world's first computer

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Berkley Books, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 262 pages
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'ENIAC' is the story of John Mauchly and Presper Eckert, the men who built the first digital, electronic computer. Their three-year race to create the legendary ENIAC is a compelling tale of brilliance and misfortune that has never been told before. It was the size of a three-bedroom apartment, weighed 30 tons, and cost nearly half a million dollars to build-and $650 an hour to run. But in 1945, this behemoth was the cutting edge in technology, and a herald of the digital age to come. This 'little gem of a book' tells the story of this machine and the men who built it-as well as the secrecy, controversy, jealousy, and lawsuits that surrounded it-in a real-life techno-thriller.

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Great book to learn some computer history.
Must read for any nerd.

Review: Eniac: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer

User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

This was a quick read and very interesting. However the end of the book did drag on a bit with coverage of all the lawsuits. I just feel really sad for Eckert and Mauchly getting screwed out of the credit they deserve for inventing modern computing. Read full review



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Scott McCartney is the author of three books. A veteran journalist and licensed private pilot, he has been explaining airlines and travel to readers of "The Wall Street Journal" for more than a decade. He lives in Dallas, Texas.