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The Resource Computing : a concise history, Paul E. Ceruzzi, (electronic book)

Computing : a concise history, Paul E. Ceruzzi, (electronic book)

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Computing : a concise history
Title
Computing
Title remainder
a concise history
Statement of responsibility
Paul E. Ceruzzi
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The history of computing could be told as the story of hardware and software, or the story of the Internet, or the story of "smart" hand-held devices, with subplots involving IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Twitter. In this account of the invention and development of digital technology, the author, a computer historian offers a broader and more useful perspective. He identifies four major threads running throughout all of computing's technological development: digitization, the coding of information, computation, and control in binary form, ones and zeros; the convergence of multiple streams of techniques, devices and machines, yielding more than the sum of their parts; the steady advance of electronic technology, as characterized famously by "Moore's Law"; and the human-machine interface. He guides us through computing history, telling how a Bell Labs mathematician coined the word "digital" in 1942 (to describe a high-speed method of calculating used in anti-aircraft devices), and recounting the development of the punch card (for use in the 1890 U.S. Census). He describes the ENIAC, built for scientific and military applications; the UNIVAC, the first general purpose computer; and ARPANET, the Internet's precursor. His account traces the world-changing evolution of the computer from a room-size ensemble of machinery to a "minicomputer" to a desktop computer to a pocket-sized smart phone. He describes the development of the silicon chip, which could store ever-increasing amounts of data and enabled ever-decreasing device size. He visits that hotbed of innovation, Silicon Valley, and brings the story up to the present with the Internet, the World Wide Web, and social networking
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Ceruzzi, Paul E
Dewey number
004
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA76.17
LC item number
.C467 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The MIT Press essential knowledge series
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Computer science
Label
Computing : a concise history, Paul E. Ceruzzi, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The digital age -- The first computers, 1935-1945 -- The stored program principle -- The chip and Silicon Valley -- The microprocessor -- The Internet and the World Wide Web -- Conclusion
Control code
IEEEMIT796812982
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 199 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262310383
Lccn
2011053181
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocn796812982
Label
Computing : a concise history, Paul E. Ceruzzi, (electronic book)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The digital age -- The first computers, 1935-1945 -- The stored program principle -- The chip and Silicon Valley -- The microprocessor -- The Internet and the World Wide Web -- Conclusion
Control code
IEEEMIT796812982
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 199 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262310383
Lccn
2011053181
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocn796812982

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