Introduction to the History of Computing: A Computing History Primer

Springer, 21 . 2016 . - : 296

Tracing the story of computing from Babylonian counting boards to smartphones, this inspiring textbook provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of computing, together with discussion exercises to stimulate deeper investigation into this fascinating area. Features: provides chapter introductions, summaries, key topics, and review questions; includes an introduction to analogue and digital computers, and to the foundations of computing; examines the contributions of ancient civilisations to the field of computing; covers the first digital computers, and the earliest commercial computers, mainframes and minicomputers; describes the early development of the integrated circuit and the microprocessor; reviews the emergence of home computers; discusses the creation of the Internet, the invention of the smartphone, and the rise of social media; presents a short history of telecommunications, programming languages, operating systems, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and databases.

 

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What Is aComputer?
1
Computing inEarly Civilizations
12
Foundations ofComputing
37
The First Digital Computers
55
The First Commercial Computers
73
Early Commercial Computers andtheInvention oftheTransistor
82
The Invention oftheIntegrated Circuit andtheBirth ofSilicon Valley
93
The IBM System360
101
A Short History ofTelecommunications
150
The Internet Revolution
163
The Smartphone andSocial Media
179
History ofProgramming Languages
188
History ofOperating Systems
213
History ofSoftware Engineering
224
History ofArtificial Intelligence
249
History ofDatabases
274

Minicomputers andLater Mainframes
108
The Microprocessor Revolution
119
Home Computers
126
The IBM Personal Computer
143
Glossary
285
References
289
Index
292

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Dr. Gerard O'Regan is a CMMI software process improvement consultant with research interests including software quality and software process improvement, mathematical approaches to software quality, and the history of computing. He is the author of such Springer titles as A Brief History of Computing, Pillars of Computing, Giants of Computing, Mathematics in Computing, Introduction to Software Quality, Introduction to Software Process Improvement, and Mathematical Approaches to Software Quality.