Computer: A History of the Information Machine

Computer: A History of the Information Machine

by Martin Campbell-Kelly

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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 ENIAC, the first fully electronic computer. Later, the PC enabled modes of computing that liberated people from room-sized, mainframe computers.

This third edition provides updated analysis on software and computer networking, including new material on the programming profession, social networking, and mobile computing. It expands its focus on the IT industry with fresh discussion on the rise of Google and Facebook as well as how powerful applications are changing the way we work, consume, learn, and socialize. Computer is an insightful look at the pace of technological advancement and the seamless way computers are integrated into the modern world. Through comprehensive history and accessible writing, Computer is perfect for courses on computer history, technology history, and information and society, as well as a range of courses in the fields of computer science, communications, sociology, and management.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429975004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/20/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 1,095,407
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Martin Campbell-Kelly

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition , Introduction , 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 of IBM , Innovation and Expansion , Real Time: Reaping The Whirlwind , Software , New Modes of Computing , Getting Personal , The Shaping of The Personal Computer , Broadening the Appeal , The Internet

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