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Author Ceruzzi, Paul E.

Title A history of modern computing / Paul E. Ceruzzi
Edition Second edition
Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 445 pages) : illustrations
Series History of computing
History of computing.
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
Summary 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 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-430) and index
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Subject Computers -- History.
Electronic data processing -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002040799
ISBN 0262287277 (electronic bk.)
058548113X (electronic bk.)
9780262287272 (electronic bk.)
9780585481135 (electronic bk.)