Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years of Computing

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Peter J. Denning, Robert M. Metcalfe
Copernicus, Jan 1, 1997 - Mathematics - 313 pages
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In March 1997, the Association for Computing Machinery celebrated the 50th anniversary of the electronic computer. To understand what an extraordinary 50 years the computer has had, one need only look around - probably no farther than one's desk. Computers are everywhere: in our cars, our homes, our supermarkets, at the phone company office, and at the local hospital - but, as the contributors to this volume make clear, the scientific, social and economic impact of computers is only beginning to be felt. These 16 invited essays on the future of computing take on a great variety of topics, with opinions from such experts as Gordon Bell, Sherry Turkle, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Paul Abraham, Donald Norman, Franz Alt and David Gelernter.

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A prodigious effort encompassing 20 lengthy essays, this work attempts to illuminate the future by asking computer professionals and academics how computing and computers will change over the next 50 ... Read full review

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The Coming Revolution
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Edsger W Dijkstra 4 The Tide Not the Waves
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Richard W Hamming 5 How to Think About Trends
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Peter J. Denning is Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Computer Science Department, and Director of the Cebrowski Institute for Information Innovation and Superiority at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is the author of "The Invisible Future", "Talking Back to the Machine", "Beyond Calculation", and other books.

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