The Resource Computing : a concise history, Paul E. Ceruzzi

Computing : a concise history, Paul E. Ceruzzi

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Computing : a concise history
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Computing
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a concise history
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Paul E. Ceruzzi
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Computing : a concise history
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eng
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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 concise and accessible account of the invention and development of digital technology, computer historian Paul Ceruzzi offers a broader and more useful perspective. He identifies four major threads that run 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. Ceruzzi 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. Ceruzzi's 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
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QA76.17
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.C467 2012eb
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The MIT Press essential knowledge series
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Computer science
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Computing : a concise history, Paul E. Ceruzzi
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9780262310383
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Computing : a concise history, Paul E. Ceruzzi
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http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/bkabstractplus.jsp?bkn=6267552
Publication
Distribution
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 PDF (175 pages).
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Restricted to subscribers or individual electronic text purchasers
Isbn
9780262310383
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electronic
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isbdmedia
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remote
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  • (CaBNVSL)mat06267552
  • (IDAMS)0b000064818b45b0
  • (IEEE)6267552
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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