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The Computer traces the evolution of this vital machine from its earliest roots through its exciting application in code-breaking during the Second World War, and from its initial use in the workplace and home to its current status as a totally indispensable part of twenty-first century life. Along the way the author examines some colorful moments in the computer's develop...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 17th 2005 by Carlton Publishing (first published 2005)
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Anton Klink
Nice pictures of old computer hardware but too much empty space for such a large format coffee table book. The texts accompanying the pictures was not very inspired and mostly quite mediocre. I am a tech fan and computer nerd so I was expecting more out of this book. Good for a browse-through but not good enough to be kept around. An OK book but not much else so borrow from a library or a friend if you can. I sold mine after having read it. Three stars.
Great photos. I will eventually upload some as a joke to my Instagram.
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