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The soul of a new machine

Author: Tracy Kidder
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, ©1997.
Series: Modern library of the world's best books.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companyʹs efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kidder, Tracy.
Soul of a new machine.
New York : Modern Library, 1997
(OCoLC)720445560
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tracy Kidder
ISBN: 0679602615 9780679602613
OCLC Number: 36112109
Notes: Series statement from book jacket.
"Originally published in 1981 by Little Brown and Company"--Title page verso.
Awards: Winner of Pulitzer Prize General Non-Fiction Category 1982
Description: xii, 384 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Good man in a storm ---
How to make a lot of money ---
Wars ---
Building a team ---
Wallach's golden moment ---
Midnight programmer ---
Flying upside down ---
La machine ---
Wonderful micromachines ---
Workshop ---
Case of the missing NAND gate ---
Shorter than a season ---
Pinball --
Going to the fair ---
Last crunch ---
Canards ---
Dinosaurs.
Series Title: Modern library of the world's best books.
Responsibility: Tracy Kidder.
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Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companyʹs efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century. It tells stories of 35-year-old "veteran" engineers hiring recent college graduates and encouraging them to work harder and faster on complex and difficult projects, exploiting the youngsters' ignorance of normal scheduling processes while engendering a new kind of work ethic.

With the touch of an expert thriller writer, Tracy Kidder recounts the feverish efforts of a team of Data General researchers to create a new 32-bit superminicomputer.--From publisher description.

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