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A History of Modern Computing, second edition (History of Computing) (edição 2003)

por Paul E. Ceruzzi (Autor), William Aspray (Editor)

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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 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.… (mais)
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Título:A History of Modern Computing, second edition (History of Computing)
Autores:Paul E. Ceruzzi (Autor)
Outros autores:William Aspray (Editor)
Informação:MIT Press (2003), Edition: Subsequent, 460 pages
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I read the 1st edition which covers from approximately 1945 through 1995, from the ENIAC to Mosaic. Follows the history of computing in the United States along mainly commercial and military lines as opposed to academic. Nice coverage of some of the wider history of the first generation of personal computers such as the Altair. Developments are put into their social context. There some interesting sections sprinkled throughout highlighting developments which were ahead of their time, but floundered for some reason, often poor marketing or lack of vision. ( )
  encephalical | Sep 16, 2019 |
A thorough if somewhat dry telling of the history of computing from the '40s through the mid-'90s. ( )
  neuroklinik | Dec 7, 2015 |
Excellent read, very useful book. ( )
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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 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.

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