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The Resource Computer : a history of the information machine, Martin Campbell-Kelly and William Aspray

Computer : a history of the information machine, Martin Campbell-Kelly and William Aspray

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Computer : a history of the information machine
Title
Computer
Title remainder
a history of the information machine
Statement of responsibility
Martin Campbell-Kelly and William Aspray
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Blending strong narrative history and a fascinating look at the interface of business and technology, Computer: A History of the Information Machine traces the dramatic story of the invention of the computer. Earlier histories of the computer have depicted it as a tool both created by and to be used by scientists to solve their own number-crunching problems - as late as 1949 it was thought by some that the world would never need more than a dozen machines. This book suggests a richer story behind the computer's creation, one that shows how business and government were the first to explore the unlimited potential of the machine as an information processor. Not surprisingly, at the heart of the business story is the name IBM
  • Most interesting is the story of how the computer began to reshape broad segments of our society when the PC, or personal computer, enabled new modes of computing that liberated people from dependence on room-sized, enormously expensive mainframe computers. Oddly, the established computer companies initially missed the potential of the PC and ignored it, allowing upstart firms such as Apple and Microsoft to become the fastest growing firms of the twentieth century. Filled with lively insights - many about the world of computing in the 1990s, such as the strategy behind Microsoft Windows - as well as a discussion of the rise and creation of the World Wide Web, here is a book no one who owns or uses a computer will want to miss
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DLC
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Campbell-Kelly, Martin
Dewey number
004/.09
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA76.17
LC item number
.C36 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Aspray, William
Series statement
Sloan technology series
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  • Computers
  • Electronic data processing
Label
Computer : a history of the information machine, Martin Campbell-Kelly and William Aspray
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-333) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Before the computer: When computers were people -- The mechanical office -- Babbage's dream comes true -- Creating the computer: Inventing the computer -- The computer becomes a business machine -- The maturing of the mainframe: the rise and fall of IBM -- Innovation and expansion: Real time: reaping the whirlwind -- Software -- New modes of computing -- Getting personal: The shaping of the personal computer -- The shift to software -- From the world brain to the world wide web
Control code
34149613
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 342 pages
Isbn
9780465029891
Lccn
96002098
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Computer : a history of the information machine, Martin Campbell-Kelly and William Aspray
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-333) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Before the computer: When computers were people -- The mechanical office -- Babbage's dream comes true -- Creating the computer: Inventing the computer -- The computer becomes a business machine -- The maturing of the mainframe: the rise and fall of IBM -- Innovation and expansion: Real time: reaping the whirlwind -- Software -- New modes of computing -- Getting personal: The shaping of the personal computer -- The shift to software -- From the world brain to the world wide web
Control code
34149613
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 342 pages
Isbn
9780465029891
Lccn
96002098
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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