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Computing: A Concise History

Computing: A Concise History (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Ceruzzi, Paul E.

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The history of computing could be told as the story of hardware andsoftware, or the story of the Internet, or the story of smart hand-helddevices, with subplots involving IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. Inthis concise and accessible account of the invention and deve...lopment of digitaltechnology, computer historian Paul Ceruzzi offers a broader and more usefulperspective. He identifies four major threads that run throughout all of computing'stechnological development: digitization--the coding of information, computation, andcontrol in binary form, ones and zeros; the convergence of multiple streams oftechniques, devices, and machines, yielding more than the sum of their parts; thesteady advance of electronic technology, as characterized famously by Moore'sLaw ; and the human-machine interface. Ceruzzi guides us through computinghistory, telling how a Bell Labs mathematician coined the word digital in 1942 (to describe a high-speed method of calculating used in anti-aircraftdevices), and recounting the development of the punch card (for use in the 1890 U.S.Census). He describes the ENIAC, built for scientific and military applications; theUNIVAC, the first general purpose computer; and ARPANET, the Internet's precursor.Ceruzzi's account traces the world-changing evolution of the computer from aroom-size ensemble of machinery to a minicomputer to a desktop computerto a pocket-sized smart phone. He describes the development of the silicon chip, which could store ever-increasing amounts of data and enabled ever-decreasing devicesize. He visits that hotbed of innovation, Silicon Valley, and brings the story upto the present with the Internet, the World Wide Web, and socialnetworking.
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ISBN 9780262517676
Released NZ 15 Jun 2012
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
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ISBN-13 9780262517676
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Imprint MIT Press
Released 15 Jun 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ceruzzi, Paul E.
Series MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
Category History Of Engineering & Technology
General Theory of Computing
Number of Pages 216
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 11mm
Dewey Code 004.09
Weight 227g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text Computing: General
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;College/higher education;General/trade