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Jacquard's web : how a hand-loom led to the birth of the information age

Author: James Essinger
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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In this tale James Essinger shows through a series of historical connections (spanning two centuries and never investigated before) that the Jacquard loom kick-started a process of scientific  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Essinger
ISBN: 0192805770 9780192805775
OCLC Number: 803496647
Description: XI, 302 p. : il. ; 20 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements; 1. The engraving that wasn't; 2. A better mouse-trap; 3. The son of a master weaver; 4. The emperor's new clothes; 5. From weaving to computing; 6. The difference engine; 7. The analytical engine; 8. A question of faith and funding; 9. The lady who loved the Jacquard loom; 10. A crisis with the American census; 11. The first Jacquard looms that wove information; 12. The birth of IBM; 13. The Thomas Watson phenomenon; 14. Howard Aiken dreams of a computer; 15. IBM and the Harvard Mark 1; 16. Weaving at the speed of light; 17. The future; Index
Responsibility: by James Essinger.

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An entertaining and illuminating exercise in making connections between apparently disparate scientific endeavours. TLS

 
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