Computer: A History of the Information Machine

Computer: A History of the Information Machine

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Computer: A History of the Information Machine by Martin Campbell-Kelly, William Aspray, Nathan Ensmenger, Jeffrey R. Yost

Computer: A History of the Information Machine traces the history of the computer and shows how business and government were the first to explore its unlimited, information-processing potential. Old-fashioned entrepreneurship combined with scientific know-how inspired now famous computer engineers to create the technology that became IBM. Wartime needs drove the giant ENIAC, the first fully electronic computer. Later, the PC enabled modes of computing that liberated people from room-sized, mainframe computers.

This third edition provides updated analysis on software and computer networking, including new material on the programming profession, social networking, and mobile computing. It expands its focus on the IT industry with fresh discussion on the rise of Google and Facebook as well as how powerful applications are changing the way we work, consume, learn, and socialize. Computer is an insightful look at the pace of technological advancement and the seamless way computers are integrated into the modern world. Through comprehensive history and accessible writing, Computer is perfect for courses on computer history, technology history, and information and society, as well as a range of courses in the fields of computer science, communications, sociology, and management.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813345918
Publisher: Avalon Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Martin Campbell-Kelly is emeritus professor of computer science at University of Warwick.

William Aspray is Bill and Lewis Suit Professor of Information Technologies at University of Texas at Austin.

Nathan Ensmenger is associate professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington.

Jeffrey R. Yost is associate director of the Charles Babbage Institute and faculty member in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

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