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Engines of the mind : the evolution of the computer from mainframes to microprocessors

Author: Joel N Shurkin
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Updated pbk. ed.]View all editions and formats
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When John Mauchly and Presper Eckert developed the Electronic Numerical Integrator and computer (ENIAC) at the University of Pennsylvania during World War II, their intention was simply to aid artillerymen in aiming their guns. Since then, in the past fifty years, ENIAC and its offspring have utterly changed the way we go about both business and science. Along with the transistor, the computer has brought about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel N Shurkin
ISBN: 0393314715 9780393314717
OCLC Number: 35121959
Description: 363 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. One, Two, Many --
2. Sir Alphabet Function --
3. Hollerith --
4. Dinosaurs and Flip-Flops --
5. Eckert and Mauchly --
6. ENIAC --
7. Von Neumann --
8. UNIVAC --
9. The First Dwarf --
10. Bleak House --
11. The Revolution.
Responsibility: Joel Shurkin.

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"[G]raphically illustrates how rapidly mankind is plunging ahead technologically, for better or worse, in the last half of the twentieth century." -- New York Times Book Review

 
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