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Have you ever wondered who first thought of using punched cards to program computers? Or what computers were like before the triode was invented? Every great idea had to start somewhere! Great Inventions: Computers shows you how many important technological breakthroughs, from the abacus to the e-book, went from the drawing board to our homes and schools. The inventions are arranged in chronological order, so you can see how, in many cases, one led to another. Learn about the inventors who saw new ways of doing ...
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Overview

Have you ever wondered who first thought of using punched cards to program computers? Or what computers were like before the triode was invented? Every great idea had to start somewhere! Great Inventions: Computers shows you how many important technological breakthroughs, from the abacus to the e-book, went from the drawing board to our homes and schools. The inventions are arranged in chronological order, so you can see how, in many cases, one led to another. Learn about the inventors who saw new ways of doing things, and find out how their inventions have changed our lives.
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Gr 5-8-These titles examine major inventions and their effect on society. Dowswell shows how medical instruments and procedures went from experimentation to daily use over the course of human history. Williams looks at technology and the inventions that preceded the computers we know today. The inventions are arranged chronologically, with diagrams showing how they work and biographical information about the inventors. The full-color photos, reproductions, and drawings are plentiful and effectively used. A key-date chart flows across the bottom of each recto, showing when other related innovations occurred. The information contained in the books is well organized and will be a boon to report writers. While there are many books available for this audience about inventions and inventors, these titles will be helpful to researchers seeking specific information.-Elizabeth Stumpf, Clearfield Middle School, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588102102
  • Publisher: Heinemann Library
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Great Inventions Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
The Abacus, 3000 B.C.E. 6
Slide Rule, 1621 C.E. 8
Calculator, 1623 10
Punched Card, 1805 12
Babbage's Computer, 1835 14
Census Counter, 1890 16
Electronic Tube, 1904 18
Electronic Computer, 1939 20
Colossus, 1943 22
Transistor, 1947 24
Floppy Disk, 1950 26
Robots, 1952 28
Integrated Circuits, 1958 30
Virtual Reality, 1960s 32
Electronic Calculator, 1960s 34
Bar Code, 1973 35
Personal Computer, 1970s 36
CD-ROM, 1982 38
Internet, 1991 40
eBook, 1999 42
Timeline 44
Glossary 46
More Books to Read 47
Index 48
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