Computing Before Computers

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William Aspray
Iowa State University Press, 1990 - Technology & Engineering - 266 pages
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Surveys the concepts, technology, purpose, and impact of computing devices before the electronic digital computer was developed after World War II. Includes devices from ancient cultures, the middle ages, the early industrial period, and the technology that led directly to the modern computer. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A series of essays, with photos, of mechanical and pre-digital computation devices. Includes one chapter on subject of punched card machines. Read full review


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William Aspray is Bill and Lewis Suit Professor in Information Technologies at the School of Information, University of Texas, Austin. He is the editor (with J. McGrath Cohoon) of "Women and Information Technology: Research on Underrepresentation" (MIT Press, 2006).

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