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Computer: A History of the Information Machine / Edition 3

Computer: A History of the Information Machine / Edition 3

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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: 9780813345901
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 1,217,985
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Martin Campbell-Kelly

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface to the Third Edition ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 Before the Computer

1 When Computers Were People 3

2 The Mechanical Office 21

3 Babbage's Dream Comes True 41

Part 2 Creating the Computer

4 Inventing the Computer 65

Photos: From Babbage's Difference Engine to System/360 87

5 The Computer Becomes a Business Machine 97

6 The Maturing of the Mainframe: The Rise of IBM 119

Part 3 Innovation and Expansion

7 Real Time: Reaping the Whirlwind 143

8 Software 167

Photos: From SAGE to the Internet 189

9 New Modes of Computing 203

Part 4 Getting Personal

10 The Shaping of the Personal Computer 229

11 Broadening the Appeal 253

12 The Internet 275

Notes 307

Bibliography 327

Index 343

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