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A History of Modern Computing

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This engaging history covers modern computing from the development of the first electronic digital computer through the dot-com crash. The author concentrates on five key moments of transition: the transformation of the computer in the late 1940s from a specialized scientific instrument to a commercial product; the emergence of small systems in the late 1960s; the beginnin ...more
Paperback, 459 pages
Published April 8th 2003 by MIT Press (MA) (first published October 12th 1998)
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Marcio
May 03, 2012 Marcio rated it it was amazing
An incredibly thorough review of computing history, it's amazing how much of today's technology is a derivative of yesterday's work. Technology is constantly improving upon itself, and it's so much easier to understand the present when we know its past. Definitely recommend to anybody who wants to understand how it all got started.
Alain van Hoof
Jan 21, 2013 Alain van Hoof rated it really liked it
There is a second Edition, I read the first. Apart from a lot of facts about the systems from 1950 and up, also the commercial success of the system is discussed. Interesting read.
Sean Power
Feb 27, 2009 Sean Power rated it it was amazing
this book holds the best roundup of computer history i've ever read. it is excellent for reference material. highly recommended.
Randall Wood
Jun 11, 2014 Randall Wood rated it really liked it
My knowledge of computing begins in about 1978 with the Commodore PET and goes through the early Macintoshes to Unix/Linux today. But I have always been so curious about the early years - the REALLY early years, and in particular the years in which computer technologies advanced outside of the world of personal/desktop computers - big iron, mainframes, minicomputers, supercomputers. Understanding what happened from the 1950s to the 1980s was why I bought this book, and it was absolutely worth it ...more
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