The Dream Machine: Exploring the Computer Age

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BBC Worldwide, May 1, 1993 - Computers - 208 pages
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The Dream Machine is the story of the development of the computer and the remarkable people behind it. It is hard to interpret a revolution when you are in the midst of one, but this book is an attempt to do just that. The Dream Machine explores the computer age from the earliest attempts to represent numbers and mechanize calculation; from these modest beginnings emerged a dream of a general-purpose machine unlike anything the world had ever known before.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
6
COMPUTING BEFORE THERE WERE COMPUTERS
12
THE BIRTH OF ELECTRONIC COMPUTING
28
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Doron Swade, an engineer, technology historian, & leading authority on Charles Babbage, is assistant director & head of collections at London's Science Museum. He is also the mastermind of a six-year project to construct a Babbage calculating engine from original nineteenth-century designs. He lives in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

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