The Soul of A New Machine [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316204552
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 108,567
  • File size: 830 KB

Meet the Author

Tracy Kidder
Tracy Kidder
Tracy Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award, among other literary prizes. The author of The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, and Home Town, Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    I first read this book in the early 80's.  Everyone was reading

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Great insight into the engineering process

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2002

    A Must Read!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2000

    Excellant All-Round Technology Book!

    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.

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