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Milestones in Computer Science and Information Technology

Milestones in Computer Science and Information Technology

by Edwin Reilly
     
 

Using the same approach as the popular Milestones in Science and Technology and Milestones in Health and Medicine, this unique reference features more than 600 concise entries describing the most significant advances in the field of computer science and information technology. Arranged in a convenient A-to-Z format, entries explain topics in a wide

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Using the same approach as the popular Milestones in Science and Technology and Milestones in Health and Medicine, this unique reference features more than 600 concise entries describing the most significant advances in the field of computer science and information technology. Arranged in a convenient A-to-Z format, entries explain topics in a wide variety of categories, including hardware, software, theory, mathematics, programming, languages, memory, architecture, applications, and graphics.

Each entry presents a history of the topic's milestones, describes its current status, and recommends a source for additional research. Entries link key developments and discoveries to notable researchers and companies, from the famous figures like Alan Turing and Bill Gates to lesser-known names like Gordon Moore and Zuse. More than 30 illustrations, helpful cross-references, four indexes, and selected sources for additional reading help users navigate this reference and supplement their research. Whether you're researching cutting-edge technologies such as MP3, data encryption, and Beowulf clusters, or historical topics like Fortran, Packard Bell, and the Alto computer, students from high school and college, scholars, and the general public can easily find the facts and dates surrounding the most significant developments in the history of computing.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In the preface of his latest endeavor, which sits somewhere between an encyclopedia and a dictionary, Reilly (computer science, emeritus, SUNY at Albany; Encyclopedia of Computer Science) states that of all his books it was the most fun to write; in turn, it is perhaps the most fun to read, owing to the author's witty and accessible prose. Reilly has chosen 617 milestones in computer science and information technology-from the Alto computer to the MP3-in addition to 54 definitions. These are presented as articles, which are arranged alphabetically within 28 categories (e.g., algorithms, computer architecture, languages, and software). In addition, Reilly includes cited references, references of interest, a list of "Top Ten" consolidated milestones, and personal, name, chronological, geographical, and general indexes; these many access points and cross references are very useful. The text is complemented by graphics, including stamps from the author's own collection. Though subjective in nature (it wasn't devised as a definitive reference), this work is thoroughly informative and enjoyable nonetheless. Recommended for all libraries.-Colleen Cuddy, New York Univ. Sch. of Medicine Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573565219
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2003
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

EDWIN D. REILLY is Associate Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus, State University of New York, Albany. He is the coeditor of Encyclopedia of Computer Science, 4th ed., and Computer Graphics Companion, and coauthor of Vax Assembly Language Programming and Pascalgorithms.

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