Digital Revolutionaries: The Men and Women Who Brought Computing to Life

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In the beginning, there was the computer. And it was big. As big as a room. Sometimes as big as a house. Early computers required teams of white-coated scientists to keep them running, yet one of those giant behemoths could not match the computing power of a single microchip today. From the first massive computers to today's nanotechnology, DIGITAL REVOLUTIONARIES offers a guided tour of the history of computers and a celebration of the human ingenuity that led the world from ...

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In the beginning, there was the computer. And it was big. As big as a room. Sometimes as big as a house. Early computers required teams of white-coated scientists to keep them running, yet one of those giant behemoths could not match the computing power of a single microchip today. From the first massive computers to today's nanotechnology, DIGITAL REVOLUTIONARIES offers a guided tour of the history of computers and a celebration of the human ingenuity that led the world from ENIAC to iMAC.

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“This book offers entertaining anecdotes that will give readers insight into the dispositions and talents that helped a variety of people make breakthroughs in computing.” —VOYA

This text will be a fascinating read for students who are curious about the development of the technology present in every aspect of their lives and the many people behind it.” —School Library Journal

VOYA - Erin Wyatt
This overview of pioneers who made critical contributions to computing is an easy-to-read text. Lohr, a technology reporter for the New York Times, includes some of his own insights from interviews and encounters with the featured digital revolutionaries. Mixing information about various innovations with brief biographic background on people such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Tim Berners-Lee, Lohr relates interesting anecdotes about how the featured people cut their teeth on technology and how early experiences led to significant contributions in the field. Developments in early programming language, the invention of the mouse, and the advent of the personal computer are among the accomplishments detailed in the early parts of the book. A chapter on predictions about possible technological innovations in the near future is included as well. Although nothing is deeply covered, the smooth narrative successfully ties past developments with current practices and helps the transitions among the many topics covered in the text. Some of the black-and-white graphics in the book are difficult to see clearly, particularly on the spreads with multiple newspaper article excerpts. The book consists of much back matter including newspaper articles that correlate with the developments mentioned within the text. Although not a source for in-depth information, this book offers entertaining anecdotes that will give readers insight into the dispositions and talents that helped a variety of people make breakthroughs in computing. Reviewer: Erin Wyatt
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—This text will be a fascinating read for students who are curious about the development of the technology present in every aspect of their lives and the many people behind it. The five chapters are written in a lively, conversational voice. Lohr describes how many independent and creative thinkers helped to develop computers as we know them today. His history includes topics from software programs to animation, from FORTRAN to BASIC, and from Bill Gates to Steve Jobs, bringing technology to life along the way. The book emphasizes the powerful influence, positive and negative, of computers on our lives. It includes a few dark and grainy black-and-white photos. Throughout the chapters, references to a small collection of related articles reproduced at the back of the book help place the developments into historical context. The time line at the conclusion helps summarize major changes. A positive, upbeat, and enlightening read.—Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596435322
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Series: New York Times Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVE LOHR, a senior writer and technology reporter for the NEW YORK TIMES, is a leading expert on the corporations that dominate computing today. In 1998, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Microsoft. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    Nothing boring about these techies

    Kids spend hours on computers but most are clueless about the origins of their chosen medium. This savvy well-written guide is the perfect introduction to the digital world for middle and high school students. It's tech made fun, crammed with absorbing information that goes down as easily and enjoyably as a milk shake.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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