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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.
Martin Campbell-Kelly is professor of computer science at the University of Warwick in England. William Aspray is Rudy Professor of Informatics at Indiana University. Both are historians with a specialization in the history of computers. Martin Campbell-Kelly is professor of computer science at the University of Warwick in England. William Aspray is Rudy Professor of Informatics at Indiana University. Both are historians with a specialization in the history of computers.