Computer: A History Of The Information Machine, Second Edition

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Westview Press, Apr 27, 2009 - Computers - 360 pages
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Computer: A History of the Information Machine, Second Edition traces the story of the computer, and shows how business and government were the first to explore its unlimited, information-processing potential. Old-fashioned entrepreneurship combined with scientific know-how inspired now famous computer engineers to create the technology that became IBM. Wartime needs drove the giant ENIAC, the first fully electronic computer. Later, the PC enabled modes of computing that liberated people from room-sized, mainframe computers. This second edition now extends beyond the development of Microsoft Windows and the Internet, to include open source operating systems like Linux, and the rise again and fall and potential rise of the dot.com industries.

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User Review  - breadhat - LibraryThing

This clear and engaging book traces the history of the computer as far back as its 19th-century conceptual origins. By devoting so much space to the connections between digital computers and related ... Read full review

COMPUTER: A History of the Information Machine

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A comprehensive history of the computer, much of it standard but with some surprising interpretations. The explosive growth of the Internet has raised public interest in high technology to historic ... Read full review

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Martin Campbell-Kelly is professor of computer science at the University of Warwick in England. William Aspray is Rudy Professor of Informatics at Indiana University. Both are historians with a specialization in the history of computers. Martin Campbell-Kelly is professor of computer science at the University of Warwick in England. William Aspray is Rudy Professor of Informatics at Indiana University. Both are historians with a specialization in the history of computers.  

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