From Gutenberg to the Internet: A Sourcebook on the History of Information Technology, Volume 2

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Jeremy M. Norman
Norman Publishing, 2005 - Computers - 899 pages
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From Gutenberg to the Internet presents 63 original readings from the history of computing, networking, and telecommunications arranged thematically by chapters. Most of the readings record basic discoveries from the 1830s through the 1960s that laid the foundation of the world of digital information in which we live. These readings, some of which are illustrated, trace historic steps from the early nineteenth century development of telegraph systems---the first data networks---through the development of the earliest general-purpose programmable computers and the earliest software, to the foundation in 1969 of ARPANET, the first national computer network that eventually became the Internet. The readings will allow you to review early developments and ideas in the history of information technology that eventually led to the convergence of computing, data networking, and telecommunications in the Internet. The editor has written a lengthy illustrated historical introduction concerning the impact of the Internet on book culture. It compares and contrasts the transition from manuscript to print initiated by Gutenberg's invention of printing by moveable type in the 15th century with the transition that began in the mid-19th century from a print-centric world to the present world in which printing co-exists with various electronic media that converged to form the Internet. He also provided a comprehensive and wide-ranging annotated timeline covering selected developments in the history of information technology from the year 100 up to 2004, and supplied introductory notes to each reading. Some introductory notes contain supplementary illustrations.
 

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Contents

From Gutenbergs Press to the Foundations of the Internet
3
Early Ambivalence about New Technology
35
From the Printed Page to Unlimited Searchability
42
Prior Anthologies on Related Themes
48
Endnotes
58
3
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Charles Babbage A Letter to Sir Humphrey Davy Bart
125
Origins of the General Purpose Programmable ComputerBabbages Analytical Engine
227
Logical Design and Production of the First Electronic Digital Computers
325
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The first sales brochure ever published for an electronic digital computer
516
Wilkes with the EDSACs ultrasonic delay memory tanks
529
Hopper in 1960
543
Patterson projection of whale myoglobin produced on the EDSAC
575
Claude Shannon in 1952
697
Leonard Kleinrock in 197072
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Turing On Computable Numbers Extract from On Computable
301
For Further Reading
891
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