Go To: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists, and Ico

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Basic Books, Nov 5, 2008 - Science - 272 pages
In Go To, Steve Lohr chronicles the history of software from the early days of complex mathematical codes mastered by a few thousand to today's era of user-friendly software and over six million professional programmers worldwide. Lohr maps out the unique seductions of programming, and gives us an intimate portrait of the peculiar kind of genius that is drawn to this blend of art, science, and engineering, introducing us to the movers and shakers of the 1950s and the open-source movement of today. With original reporting and deft storytelling, Steve Lohr shows us how software transformed the world, and what it holds in store for our future.
 

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For someone who has been programming computers since they were 12, this book was a great find as it chronicled the bit of history that isn't old enough to make it's way into computer science textbooks ... Read full review

Go to: the story of the math majors, bridge players, engineers, chess wizards, maverick scientists and iconoclasts, the programmers who created the software revolution

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Steve Lohr, senior writer and technology correspondent for the New York Times, and is co-author of U.S. v. Microsoft. He lives in New York City.

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