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A history of modern computing

Author: Paul E Ceruzzi
Publisher: London, Eng. ; Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2003.
Series: History of computing.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This book covers modern computing from the development of the first electronic digital computer through the dot-com crash. The author concentrates on five key moments of transition: the transformation of the computer in the late 1940s from a specialized scientific instrument to a commercial product; the emergence of small systems in the late 1960s; the beginning of personal computing in the 1970s; the spread of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul E Ceruzzi
ISBN: 0262532034 9780262532037
OCLC Number: 50773416
Description: xi, 445 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Defining "Computer" --
The advent of commercial computing, 1945-1956. --
Computing comes of age, 1956-1964. --
The early history of software, 1952-1968. --
From mainframe to minicomputer, 1959-1969. --
The "go-go" years and the System/360, 1961-1975. --
The chip and its impact, 1965-1975. --
The personal computer, 1972-1977. --
Augmenting human intellect, 1975-1985. --
Workstations, UNIX, and the net, 1981-1995. --
"Internet time," 1995-2001. --
Conclusion: The digitization of the world picture.
Series Title: History of computing.
Responsibility: Paul E. Ceruzzi.
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From the first digital computer to the dot-com crash--a story of individuals, institutions, and the forces that led to a series of dramatic transformations.  Read more...

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"A good addition to any collection of computer history books." Michael Swaine Dr. Dobb's Journal "A History of Modern Computing is a monumental achievement." Cal Clinchard PC Today "The author does a Read more...

 
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