The History of Computing: A Very Short Introduction


The History of Computing: A Very Short Introduction

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/25/2022
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring

This lively Very Short Introduction reviews the central events, machines, and people that feature in established accounts of the history of computing, critically examining received perceptions and providing a fresh look at the nature and development of the modern electronic computer.

The book begins by discussing a widely accepted linear narrative of the history of computing, centred around innovatory highlights that start with the use of knotted cords to aid calculation, all the way to the smartphones of the present day. It discusses the problems and simplifications present in such a narrative, and offers instead an account, centred on users, that identifies four distinct historical threads: calculation, automatic computing, information management, and communication. These threads are examined individually, tracing their paths and the convergences of related technologies into what has come to be called 'the information age'.
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