Tracy Kidder graduated rom Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, My Detachment, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder lives in Massachusettes and Maine.
The Soul of A New Machineby Tracy Kidder
Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.
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I first read this book in the early 80's. Everyone was reading it back then, at least everyone in engineering. 33 years later, this book is still a great read. Sure computers have changed, none of them have microcode loaded from an 8" floppy disk drive anymore, but the engineering process still works this way. Trust, sign ups, management as a development impediment, that is there today.
This book delves deep enough into what it really takes to engineer a product without alienating the reader. A must read for any Computer Engineer.
I came away very satisfied. A computer is separated into 6 basic levels. Mr. Kidder went through each of these levels without loosing me, as the reader. If you have any interest in how a computer is developed from and idea to something physical, you must get this book. It should be a required reading for all computer majors.
One of the best general technology book around. Reads like a novel. If you are interested in the human aspects of computer development, this is the book for you.