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Computing: A Concise History

Computing: A Concise History
  

A compact and accessible history, from punch cards and calculators to UNIVAC and ENIAC, the personal computer, Silicon Valley, and the Internet.

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ISBN 9780262517676
Barcode 9780262517676
Published 15 June 2012 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Ceruzzi, Paul E.
Series MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
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ISBN-13 9780262517676
ISBN-10 0262517671
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint MIT Press
Publication Date 15 June 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ceruzzi, Paul E.
Series MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
Category History Of Engineering & Technology
General Theory of Computing
Number of Pages 216
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 11mm
Weight 227g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text Computing: General
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;College/higher education;General/trade
Dewey Code 004.09
Catalogue Code 266130

Description of this Book

The history of computing could be told as the story of hardware andsoftware, or the story of the Internet, or the story of smart hand-helddevices, with subplots involving IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. Inthis concise and accessible account of the invention and development of digitaltechnology, computer historian Paul Ceruzzi offers a broader and more usefulperspective. He identifies four major threads that run throughout all of computing'stechnological development: digitization--the coding of information, computation, andcontrol in binary form, ones and zeros; the convergence of multiple streams oftechniques, devices, and machines, yielding more than the sum of their parts; thesteady advance of electronic technology, as characterized famously by Moore'sLaw ; and the human-machine interface. Ceruzzi guides us through computinghistory, telling how a Bell Labs mathematician coined the word digital in 1942 (to describe a high-speed method of calculating used in anti-aircraftdevices), and recounting the development of the punch card (for use in the 1890 U.S.Census). He describes the ENIAC, built for scientific and military applications; theUNIVAC, the first general purpose computer; and ARPANET, the Internet's precursor.Ceruzzi's account traces the world-changing evolution of the computer from aroom-size ensemble of machinery to a minicomputer to a desktop computerto a pocket-sized smart phone. He describes the development of the silicon chip, which could store ever-increasing amounts of data and enabled ever-decreasing devicesize. He visits that hotbed of innovation, Silicon Valley, and brings the story upto the present with the Internet, the World Wide Web, and socialnetworking.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review It's a delightful small book, very nicely produced and with illustrations, perfect for a journey or to slip in a pocket for commuting. It's also, in 150 pages, a super overview of the history of this utterly transformational technology... --Diane Coyle, The Enlightened Economist
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Paul E. Ceruzzi is Curator at the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of Computing: A Concise History,A History of Modern Computing, and Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner, 1945-2005, all published by the MIT Press, and other books.

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