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From Whirlwind to MITRE: The R&D Story of the SAGE Air Defense Computer

(History of Computing)

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This book presents an organizational and social history of one of the foundational projects of the computer era: the development of the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) air defense system, from its first test at Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1951, to the installation of the first unit of the New York Air Defense Sector of the SAGE system, in 1958. The idea for SAGE ...more
Hardcover, History of Computing, 535 pages
Published 2000 by Mit Press
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Nick Black
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure how one can take a story involving the Golden Era of early computer design, MIT/DARPA/USAF and national defense, and make it the most dull, boring book I've read in months...but there you go. Not recommended unless you're absolutely fascinated with the history of computing, and have already read the basics (A Few Good Men from UNIVAC, Computing in the Middle Ages, Calculating Engines, all that good stuff).
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David Erickson
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Pretty dry and dull. Mostly about the schedules, project management, politics and some people from the mid-50s. , little about the fascinating technology. The words Nike missile was mentioned once, the reference to Ken Olson, roots of Digital, the numerous spinoffs, only briefly in the epilogue. Mitre gets only mentioned.
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Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm on chapter 14 with much to go. This is a top-notch book which details the birth story of the digital computer.
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