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The Soul of a New Machine (Modern Library Series)
     

The Soul of a New Machine (Modern Library Series)

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by Tracy Kidder
 

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award, The Soul of a New Machine was a bestseller on its first publication in 1981. With the touch of an expert thriller writer, Tracy Kidder recounts the feverish efforts of a team of Data General researchers to create a new 32-bit superminicomputer. A compelling account of individual sacrifice and human ingenuity,

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award, The Soul of a New Machine was a bestseller on its first publication in 1981. With the touch of an expert thriller writer, Tracy Kidder recounts the feverish efforts of a team of Data General researchers to create a new 32-bit superminicomputer. A compelling account of individual sacrifice and human ingenuity, The Soul of a New Machine endures as the classic chronicle of the computer age and the masterminds behind its technological advances.
"A superb book," said Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. "All the incredible complexity and chaos and exploitation and loneliness and strange, half-mad beauty of this field are honestly and correctly drawn." The Washington Post Book World said, "Kidder has created compelling entertainment. He offers a fast, painless, enjoyable means to an initial understanding of computers, allowing us to understand the complexity of machines we could only marvel at before, and to appreciate the skills of the people who create them."
The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torch-bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.

Tracy Kidder has written a new Introduction to this Modern Library edition.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
All of Mr. Kidder's hopes for his book have been fulfilled. It does give us a vivid picture of the computer business. . . . But I have to emphasize that what I admired most about such parts of ''The Soul of the New Machine'' was the simply but gratifying fact that I understood them. -- New York Times
New York Times Book Review
Kidder has endowed the tale with such pace, texture, and poetic implication that he has elevated it to a high level of narrative art... Splendid.
Washington Post
A true-life adventure.
Library Journal
Pulitzer Prize winner Kidder's 1981 volume was published when mini-supercomputers were still the stuff of science fiction. How the world has turned. Though technology has grown immeasurably since then, this volume still serves as an interesting history of the machine that conquered the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679602613
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Modern Library Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Soul of a New Machine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.