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Aspray, William

Works: 134 works in 262 publications in 3 languages and 8,676 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Catalogs  Bibliography 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: QA76.17, 004.09
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Most widely held works by William Aspray
Computer : a history of the information machine by Martin Campbell-Kelly ( Book )
33 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 3,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Most interesting is the story of how the computer began to reshape broad segments of our society when the PC, or personal computer, enabled new modes of computing that liberated people from dependence on room-sized, enormously expensive mainframe computers. Oddly, the established computer companies initially missed the potential of the PC and ignored it, allowing upstart firms such as Apple and Microsoft to become the fastest growing firms of the twentieth century. Filled with lively insights - many about the world of computing in the 1990s, such as the strategy behind Microsoft Windows - as well as a discussion of the rise and creation of the World Wide Web, here is a book no one who owns or uses a computer will want to miss
Computing before computers by William Aspray ( Book )
7 editions published between 1900 and 1990 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John von Neumann and the origins of modern computing by William Aspray ( Book )
15 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John von Neumann (1903-1957) was unquestionably one of the most brilliant scientists of the twentieth century. He made major contributions to quantum mechanics and mathematical physics and in 1943 began a new and all-too-short career in computer science. William Aspray provides the first broad and detailed account of von Neumann's many different contributions to computing. These, Aspray reveals, extended far beyond his well-known work in the design and construction of computer systems to include important scientific applications, the revival of numerical analysis, and the creation of a theory of computing. Aspray points out that from the beginning von Neumann took a wider and more theoretical view than other computer pioneers. In the now famous EDVAC report of 1945, von Neumann clearly stated the idea of a stored program that resides in the computer's memory along with the data it was to operate on. This stored program computer was described in terms of idealized neurons, highlighting the analogy between the digital computer and the human brain. Aspray describes von Neumann's development during the next decade, and almost entirely alone, of a theory of complicated information processing systems, or automata, and the introduction of themes such as learning, reliability of systems with unreliable components, self-replication, and the importance of memory and storage capacity in biological nervous systems; many of these themes remain at the heart of current investigations in parallel or neurocomputing. Aspray allows the record to speak for itself. He unravels an intricate sequence of stories generated by von Neumann's work and brings into focus the interplay of personalities centered about von Neumann. He documents the complex interactions of science, the military, and business and shows how progress in applied mathematics was intertwined with that in computers. - Publisher
History and philosophy of modern mathematics ( Book )
16 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Papers of John von Neumann on computing and computer theory by John Von Neumann ( Book )
9 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and German and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Food in the internet age by William Aspray ( )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book examines food in the United States in the age of the Internet. One major theme running through the book is business opportunities and failures, as well as the harms to consumers and traditional brick-and-mortar companies that occurred as entrepreneurs tried to take advantage of the Internet to create online companies related to food. The other major theme is the concept of trust online and different models used by different companies to make their web presence seem trustworthy. The book describes a number of major food companies, including AllRecipes, Betty Crocker, Cook's Illustrat
Privacy in America : interdisciplinary perspectives by William Aspray ( Book )
9 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This collection of essays represents original and interdisciplinary work in which respected scholars address a number of privacy issues. They include the development and deployment of governmental and private-sector technologies that can pose serious compromises to the privacy of individuals and groups; how information--and communication system--designs pose threats to privacy; the management of private concerns (child care, job leave, and identity) as public issues amenable to political action and shared awareness; and the fundamental asymmetry of power that exists between individuals and small groups on the one hand and large governmental and corporate entities on the other. Organized into three sections--law and policy; information technology; and information studies, history, and sociology--Privacy in America: Interdisciplinary Perspectives will be useful to scholars, practitioners, and students in a variety of fields, including information science, library science, and information systems"--Provided by publisher
Digital media : technological and social challenges of the interactive world by Megan Alicia Winget ( Book )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Chasing Moore's law : information technology policy in the United States ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Formal and informal approaches to food policy by William Aspray ( )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Technological competitiveness : contemporary and historical perspectives on the electrical, electronics, and computer industries by Technological competitiveness in the electrical and electronics industries: historical and contemporary perspectives ( Book )
7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Engineers as executives : an international perspective by William Aspray ( Book )
5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
History of mathematics and education : ideas and experiences ( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The supply of information technology workers in the United States by Peter Freeman ( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tracking the history of radar ( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Guide to the Oral History Collection of the Charles Babbage Institute by Charles Babbage Institute ( Book )
2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Facets : new perspectives on the history of semiconductors ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John von Neumann y los orígenes de la computación moderna by William Aspray ( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Computer A History Of The Information Machine, Second Edition by Martin Campbell-Kelly ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
""Computer: A History of the Information Machine, Second Edition traces the story of the computer, and shows how business and government were the first to explore its unlimited, information-processing""
Globalization and offshoring of software : a report of the ACM Job Migration Task Force ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Aspray, William
Aspray, William F.
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English (130)
Spanish (4)
German (1)