Have you ever wondered who first thought of using punched cards to program computers? Or what computers were like before the triode was invented? Every great idea had to start somewhere! Great Inventions: Computers shows you how many important technological breakthroughs, from the abacus to the e-book, went from the drawing board to our homes and schools. The inventions are arranged in chronological order, so you can see how, in many cases, one led to another. Learn about the inventors who saw new ways of doing things, and find out how their inventions have changed our lives. Book jacket.
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