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andlt;Pandgt;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.andlt;/Pandgt;

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"Paul E. Ceruzzi has written an authoritative guide that will stand as a landmark." David Howell, Personal Computer World

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"Ceruzzi has written the best history of modern computing that I have had the opportunity to read." Otto M. Friedrich, Jr., Science Books and Films

Review:

"Ceruzzi rarely fails to grasp the essence of the hundreds of developments he includes in his narrative." David K. Allison, Public Historian

Review:

"Ceruzzi has written the definitive account." Michael Cross, New Scientist

Synopsis:

Concentrating on five key moments of transition, this history covers modern computing from the development of the first electronic digital computer through the dot-com crash.

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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.

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andlt;Pandgt;From the first digital computer to the dot-com crashand#38;mdash;a story of individuals, institutions, and the forces that led to a series of dramatic transformations.andlt;/Pandgt;

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [351]-430) and index.

About the Author

Paul E. Ceruzzi is Curator of Aerospace Electronics and Computing at the National Air and Space Museum.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262532037
Author:
Ceruzzi, Paul E.
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Computers
Subject:
Electronic data processing
Subject:
Aspects
Subject:
Computers -- History.
Subject:
Electronic data processing -- History.
Subject:
Computers Reference-History and Society
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
second edition
Series:
History of Computing A History of Modern Computing
Series Volume:
107-623
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
69 illus.
Pages:
459
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "Paul E. Ceruzzi has written an authoritative guide that will stand as a landmark."
"Review" by , "Ceruzzi has written the best history of modern computing that I have had the opportunity to read." Otto M. Friedrich, Jr., Science Books and Films
"Review" by , "Ceruzzi rarely fails to grasp the essence of the hundreds of developments he includes in his narrative."
"Review" by , "Ceruzzi has written the definitive account."
"Synopsis" by , Concentrating on five key moments of transition, this history covers modern computing from the development of the first electronic digital computer through the dot-com crash.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;From the first digital computer to the dot-com crashand#38;mdash;a story of individuals, institutions, and the forces that led to a series of dramatic transformations.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [351]-430) and index.
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