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Computer: A History of the Information Machine

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Computer: A History of the Information Machine traces the history 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 ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Westview Press
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Artur Coelho
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Uma história concisa da evolução do computador, que não segue o caminho habitual do foco nalguns projectos icónicos e personalidades influentes. Mostra os enormes esforços de investigação aplicada quer em centros académicos quer empresariais que, de forma algo imprevista, deram origem ao mundo da computação como hoje o conhecemos. O ser conciso torna-o algo superficial, algo especialmente notório nos capítulos dedicados aos momentos mais recentes da evolução do computador - a massificação do ...more
Lars Jørgensen
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The history part is great and full of interesting facts. The writing is scholarly and the book will be a bore unless you're interested in the subject beforehand. If you are, though, you will really enjoy it.

The final part (of four, if I remember correctly) of the book deals with the rise of the Internet and that is clearly not of the same quality as the rest. The direction is haphazard and the objective is unclear.
Jonathan Torrens
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Brisk but fascinating review of how concepts of modern computer science evolved from simple 18th century mechanical calculators into the devices we possess today. Presents the major intellectual, technical, commercial, and political - interests and personalities - that drove the evolution of modern computer technology. Should be required reading in schools. Evokes a sense of awe and endless possibility. As with most topics of historical import, it is best to understand where we came from in ...more
Ju Hong Kim
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excerpt from my Amazon Review on the book for the 3rd Edition (July 30th 2013) of this book:

The book is structured and organized and I like how the book is not too technical for the average reader. The author does not go too technical into the technology and also covers the importance of each major decision not only on the technology aspect but also the social and economic impact it had onto the society and to the company or invention. Furthermore the book covers a wide range of computer
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