Computer: A History of the Information Machine, Second Edition / Edition 2

Computer: A History of the Information Machine, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Martin Campbell-Kelly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813342643

ISBN-13: 2900813342640

Pub. Date: 08/11/2004

Publisher: Westview Press

Computer: A History of the Information Machine, Second Edition traces the story 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.

Overview

Computer: A History of the Information Machine, Second Edition traces the story 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 second edition now extends beyond the development of Microsoft Windows and the Internet, to include open source operating systems like Linux, and the rise again and fall and potential rise of the dot.com industries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900813342640
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/11/2004
Series:
The Sloan Technology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
360

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction to the Second Editionxi
Introduction to the First Editionxiii
Part 1Before the Computer
1When Computers Were People3
2The Mechanical Office23
3Babbage's Dream Comes True45
Part 2Creating the Computer
4Inventing the Computer69
5The Computer Becomes a Business Machine93
6The Maturing of the Mainframe: The Rise and Fall of IBM117
Part 3Innovation and Expansion
7Real Time: Reaping the Whirlwind141
8Software163
9New Modes of Computing185
Part 4Getting Personal
10The Shaping of the Personal Computer207
11Broadening the Appeal231
12From the World Brain to the World Wide Web255
Notes281
Bibliography301
Index315

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