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A Concise History

MIT Press

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
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Ceruzzi, Paul E.
Paul E. Ceruzzi is a Curator at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, D.C. He is the author of A History of Modern
Computing, Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner, 1945-2005,
both published by the MIT Press, and other books.

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