Too Soon To Tell: Essays for the End of The Computer Revolution

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 27, 2009 - Computers - 256 pages
Based on author David A. Grier's column "In Our Time," which runs monthly in Computer magazine, Too Soon To Tell presents a collection of essays skillfully written about the computer age, an era that began February 1946. Examining ideas that are both contemporary and timeless, these chronological essays examine the revolutionary nature of the computer, the relation between machines and human institutions, and the connections between fathers and sons to provide general readers with a picture of a specific technology that attempted to rebuild human institutions in its own image.
 

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Contents

Section I The Computer Era 19461973
1
Section II The Age of Information 19741987
47
Section III The Days of Cyberspace 19862007
115
Epilogue Indicator Lamps
209
Disclaimers References and Notes
213
Index
235
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David Alan Grier writes the "In Our Time" column for Computer magazine and is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. His first book, When Computers Were Human, won favorable reviews on NPR's Marketplace?and in Nature and Discover. Grier writes across a wide variety of genres, including general news pieces for the Washington Post, children's articles, and academic pieces for American Mathematical Monthly and the Communications of the ACM.

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