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Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe (Vintage)
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe (Vintage)
by George Dyson
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A Wall Street Journal Best Business Book of 2012 A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012 In this revealing account of how the digital universe exploded in the aftermath of World War II, George Dyson illuminates the nature of digital computers, the lives of... (read more)

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The Soul of a New Machine
The Soul of a New Machine
by Tracy Kidder
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Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for... (read more)

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Dealers of Lightning  Xerox Parc and the Dawn of the Computer Age (99 Edition)
Dealers of Lightning Xerox Parc and the Dawn of the Computer Age (99 Edition)
by Michael Hiltzik
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Chapter OneThe Impresario The photograph shows a handsome man in a checked sport shirt, his boyish face half-obscured by a cloud of pipe smoke. Robert W. Taylor looks amused and slightly out of date, his sandy hair longer than one might wear it today but... (read more)

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Computing: A Concise History (Mit Press Essential Knowledge)
Computing: A Concise History (Mit Press Essential Knowledge)
by Paul E. Ceruzzi
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andlt;Pandgt;The history of computing could be told as the story of hardware and software, or the story of the Internet, or the story of andquot;smartandquot; hand-held devices, with subplots involving IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. In... (read more)

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The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images Are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR
The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images Are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR
by Jon Peddie
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If you have ever looked at a fantastic adventure or science fiction movie, or an amazingly complex and rich computer game, or a TV commercial where cars or gas pumps or biscuits behaved liked people and wondered, "How do they do that?",... (read more)

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Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America
Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America
by Stephen Manes
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Gates reveals the guiding genius behind the unparalleled success of the Microsoft Corporation-- the biggest and most profitable personal computer software company in history-- and exposes the intensely competitive tactics that help it dominate the... (read more)

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Affect and Artificial Intelligence (In Vivo)
Affect and Artificial Intelligence (In Vivo)
by Elizabeth A. Wilson
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Affect and Artificial Intelligence is the first indepth analysis of affect and intersubjectivity in the computational sciences. Elizabeth Wilson makes use of archival and unpublished material from the early years of AI (1945-70) until the present to show... (read more)

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The Computer: An Illustrated History from Its Origins to the Present Day
The Computer: An Illustrated History from Its Origins to the Present Day
by Mark Frauenfelder
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From handheld smart phones to vast scientific simulators, computers are developing at ever-increasing speed. In The Computer, uber-technogeek Mark Frauenfelder traces the evolution of this vital machine from its earliest roots through its exciting... (read more)

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Go to: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists and Iconoclasts-The Progra
Go to: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists and Iconoclasts-The Progra
by Steve Lohr
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In Go To, Steve Lohr chronicles the history of software from the early days of complex mathematical codes mastered by a few thousand to today's era of user-friendly software and over six million professional programmers worldwide. Lohr maps out the... (read more)

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Moving Innovation: a History of Computer Animation (13 Edition)
Moving Innovation: a History of Computer Animation (13 Edition)
by Tom Sito
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andlt;Pandgt;Computer graphics (or CG) has changed the way we experience the art of moving images. Computer graphics are the difference between Steamboat Willie and Buzz Lightyear, between ping pong and PONG. It began in 1963 when an MIT graduate student... (read more)

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Moths to the Flame: The Seductions of Computer Technology (Bradford Books)
Moths to the Flame: The Seductions of Computer Technology (Bradford Books)
by Gregory J. E. Rawlins
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"For two decades now I've been awaiting a book explaining computers and their social consequences to literate readers without using any unnecessary jargon or pedantry -- or math. I wanted such a book to lend to all those friends who've pestered me about... (read more)

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Transforming Computer Technology : Information Processing for the Pentagon, 1962-1986 (96 Edition)
Transforming Computer Technology : Information Processing for the Pentagon, 1962-1986 (96 Edition)
by Arthur L. Norberg
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Over the course of several decades, the Pentagon's Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) helped transform computing from a cumbersome enterprise based on batch processing to the instantly interactive, graphically rich, highly intelligent... (read more)

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Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft
Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft
by Michael A. Cusumano
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This "Business Week" Best Book of 1998 charts the incredible rise of Netscape, which grew from a small start-up to a $7 billion computer software company in less than two years. Line art.... (read more)

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The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise (History of Computing)
The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise (History of Computing)
by Nathan Ensmenger
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andlt;Pandgt;This is a book about the computer revolution of the mid-twentieth century and the people who made it possible. Unlike most histories of computing, it is not a book about machines, inventors, or entrepreneurs. Instead, it tells the story of... (read more)

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Ifip International Federation for Information Processing #215: History of Computing and Education 2 (Hce2)
Ifip International Federation for Information Processing #215: History of Computing and Education 2 (Hce2)
by John Impagliazzo
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International Federation for Information Processing The IFIP series publishes state-of-the-art results in the sciences and technologies of information and communication.  The scope of the series includes: foundations of computer science; software... (read more)

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Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)
Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)
by David A. Mindell
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"In contextualizing the theory of cybernetics, Mindell gives engineering back forgotten parts of its history, and shows how important historical circumstances are to technological change." -- Networker... (read more)

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Early Home Computers (Shire Library)
Early Home Computers (Shire Library)
by Kevin Murrell
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Dot-Dash to Dot.com: How Modern Telecommunications Evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Science)
Dot-Dash to Dot.com: How Modern Telecommunications Evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Science)
by Andrew Wheen
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The profusion of websites and applications that characterise the modern Internet may seem a far cry from the primitive telegraph system of the late 1830s. There is, however, a direct link. The invention of the electric telegraph paved the way for... (read more)

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Ifip International Federation for Information Processing #214: The Past and Future of Information Systems: 1976 -2006 and Beyond: Ifip 19th World Computer Congress, Tc-8, Information System Stream, Au
Ifip International Federation for Information Processing #214: The Past and Future of Information Systems: 1976 -2006 and Beyond: Ifip 19th World Computer Congress, Tc-8, Information System Stream, Au
by David Avison
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International Federation for Information Processing The IFIP series publishes state-of-the-art results in the sciences and technologies of information and communication.  The scope of the series includes: foundations of computer science; software... (read more)

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Information Technology: Agent of Change
Information Technology: Agent of Change
by Murray Laver
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Information technology (IT) is a singularly pervasive field; its applications affect people in all walks of life as few technologies do. This nontechnical and realistic overview increases the reader's understanding of the capabilities and limitations of... (read more)

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