A History of Modern Computing

A History of Modern Computing - History of Computing

2nd Edition

Paperback (09 May 2003)

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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.

This engaging history 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 networking after 1985; and, in a chapter written for this edition, the period 1995-2001. The new material focuses on the Microsoft antitrust suit, the rise and fall of the dot-coms, and the advent of open source software, particularly Linux. Within the chronological narrative, the book traces several overlapping threads: the evolution of the computer's internal design; the effect of economic trends and the Cold War; the long-term role of IBM as a player and as a target for upstart entrepreneurs; the growth of software from a hidden element to a major character in the story of computing; and the recurring issue of the place of information and computing in a democratic society. The focus is on the United States (though Europe and Japan enter the story at crucial points), on computing per se rather than on applications such as artificial intelligence, and on systems that were sold commercially and installed in quantities.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262532037
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
Edition: 2nd Edition
DEWEY: 004.09049
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 445
Weight: 652g
Height: 227mm
Width: 154mm
Spine width: 24mm