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A Computer Perspectiveby Charles Eames
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A Computer Perspective is an illustrated essay on the origins and first lines of development of the computer. The complex network of creative forces and social pressures that have produced the computer is personified here in the creators of instruments of computation, and their machines or tables; the inventors of mathematical or logical concepts and their applications; and the fabricators of practical devices to serve the immediate needs of government, commerce, engineering, and science.
The book is based on an exhibition conceived and assembled for International Business Machines Corporation. Like the exhibition, it is not a history in the narrow sense of a chronology of concepts and devices. Yet these pages actually display more true history (in relation to the computer) than many more conventional presentations of the development of science and technology.
Book News Annotation:
Presents pedagogical materials useful in the design and delivery of a wide range of the most frequently taught college-level courses in communication. Part one is general to teaching communication in the undergraduate classroom. Part two consists of 13 chapters, each devoted to one course frequently found in college curricula. While the focus is on the new teacher, even experienced teachers will likely benefit from the approaches and materials used by others. A pictorial history of the origin and development of computers, 1890-1950, tracing logical automata, and statistical and calculating machines. A new introduction and epilogue are added to the 1973 edition.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A sequence of 20th century ideas, events, and artifacts from the history of the information machine.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 174) and index.
About the Author
I. Bernard Cohen was Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, at Harvard University, and one of the founders of the modern study of the history of science.
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