A History of Modern Computing / Edition 2

A History of Modern Computing / Edition 2

by Paul E. Ceruzzi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262532034

ISBN-13: 9780262532037

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

This engaging history covers modern computing from the development of the first electronic digital computer through the dot-com crash. The author concentrates on five key moments of transition: the transformation of the computer in the late 1940s from a specialized scientific instrument to a commercial product; the emergence of small systems in the late 1960s;

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This engaging history covers modern computing from the development of the first electronic digital computer through the dot-com crash. The author concentrates on five key moments of transition: the transformation of the computer in the late 1940s from a specialized scientific instrument to a commercial product; the emergence of small systems in the late 1960s; the beginning of personal computing in the 1970s; the spread of networking after 1985; and, in a chapter written for this edition, the period 1995-2001. The new material focuses on the Microsoft antitrust suit, the rise and fall of the dot-coms, and the advent of open source software,particularly Linux. Within the chronological narrative, the book traces several overlapping threads: the evolution of the computer's internal design; the effect of economic trends and the Cold War; the long-term role of IBM as a player and as a target for upstart entrepreneurs; the growth of software from a hidden element to a major character in the story of computing; and the recurring issue of the place of information and computing in a democratic society. The focus is on the United States (though Europe and Japan enter the story at crucial points), on computing per se rather than on applications such as artificial intelligence, and on systems that were sold commercially and installed in quantities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262532037
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Series:
History of Computing
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
459
Sales rank:
806,143
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Dedication
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Defining "Computer"1
1The Advent of Commercial Computing, 1945-195613
2Computing Comes of Age, 1956-196447
3The Early History of Software, 1952-196879
4From Mainframe to Minicomputer, 1959-1969109
5The "Go-Go" Years and the System/360, 1961-1975143
6The Chip and Its Impact, 1965-1975177
7The Personal Computer, 1972-1977207
8Augmenting Human Intellect, 1975-1985243
9Workstations, UNIX, and the Net, 1981-1995281
10"Internet Time," 1995-2001307
Conclusion: The Digitization of the World Picture345
Notes351
Bibliography415
Index431

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