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Electronic Brains: Stories from the Dawn of…

Electronic Brains: Stories from the Dawn of the Computer Age

by Mike Hally

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This is a thoroughly enjoyable book covering the early years of computing roughly up to the mid 60s but focusing on the pioneering computers and teams around the world after the Second World War. I was fascinated to learn more about the Australian and Russian developments as they seem to be forgotten in most other histories.
The story is much more about the people than the technology so it would be totally comprehensible to a lay reader. ( )
  jbennett | May 18, 2016 |
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"By the 1960s, IBM, once a manufacturer of mechanical tabulators, had beaten all rivals and dominated the world computer market. But IBM came late to the race. From the 1930s to the 1950s, small independent teams on four continents worked on the development of the very first modern computers - practical, electronic, multipurpose, digital machines with memory for data and programs." "From interviews with surviving members of those original pioneering teams, the author builds up a picture of the eccentric, obsessive and fiercely loyal men and women who laid the foundations for the computerized world we now live in, and re-creates the atmosphere of those early days."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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