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The Universal History of Computing: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer

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Publisher Comments:

"A fascinating compendium of information about writing systems–both for words and numbers."

–Publishers Weekly

"A truly enlightening and fascinating study for the mathematically oriented reader."

–Booklist

"Well researched. . . . This book is a rich resource for those involved in researching the history of computers."

–The Mathematics Teacher

In this brilliant follow-up to his landmark international bestseller, The Universal History of Numbers, Georges Ifrah traces the development of computing from the invention of the abacus to the creation of the binary system three centuries ago to the incredible conceptual, scientific, and technical achievements that made the first modern computers possible. Ifrah takes us along as he visits mathematicians, visionaries, philosophers, and scholars from every corner of the world and every period of history. We learn about the births of the pocket calculator, the adding machine, the cash register, and even automata. We find out how the origins of the computer can be found in the European Renaissance, along with how World War II influenced the development of analytical calculation. And we explore such hot topics as numerical codes and the recent discovery of new kinds of number systems, such as "surreal" numbers.

Adventurous and enthralling, The Universal History of Computing is an astonishing achievement that not only unravels the epic tale of computing, but also tells the compelling story of human intelligence–and how much further we still have to go.

About the Author

GEORGES IFRAH is an independent scholar and former math teacher.

E. F. HARDING, the primary translator, is a statistician and mathematician who has taught at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Cambridge Universities.

SOPHIE WOOD, cotranslator, is a specialist in technical translation from French.

IAN MONK, cotranslator, has translated the works of Georges Perec and Daniel Pennac.

ELIZABETH CLEGG, cotranslator, is also an interpreter who has worked on a number of government and international agency projects.

GUIDO WALDMAN, cotranslator, has translated several classic literary works.

Table of Contents

PART 1.

Chapter 1: Historical Summary of Arithmetic, Numerical Notation, and Writing Systems.

Chapter 2: From the Particular to the General Arithmetic Leads to Algebra.

Chapter 3: From Calculation to Calculus.

Chapter 4: Binary Arithmetic and Other Non-Decimal Systems.

PART 2.

Chapter 5: From Clockwork Calculator to Computer: The History of Automatic Calculation.

Chapter 6: What is a Computer?

PART 3.

Chapter 7: Information, the New Universal Dimension.

Conclusion: Intelligence, Science, and the Future of Mankind.

List of Abbreviations.

Bibliography.

Index.

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reena, November 20, 2006 (view all comments by reena)
It is a perfect book which assists everybody by simplifying the untrodden paths of mathematics and taking them to the highway of computer world..........
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780471441472
Translator:
Ifrah, Georges
Author:
Waldman, Guido
Translator:
Harding, E. F.
Author:
Ifrah, Georges
Author:
Wood, Sophie
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Computers
Subject:
Inventors
Subject:
Recreations & Games
Subject:
Computers xBiography
Subject:
Computers -- History.
Subject:
Electronic data processing -- History.
Subject:
Computers Reference-History and Society
Subject:
History of Mathematics
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 00-4769
Publication Date:
20020110
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.75x6.03x1.01 in. 1.35 lbs.

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