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A Brief History of Computing

By Gerard O'Regan

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This concise, easy-to-follow book introduces key topics in the history of computing from 3000 B.C. to the present. Profiles major figures in computing, covers programming, software and hardware and reviews innovations including the internet and worldwide web.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4471-2358-3
  • 287 Pages
  • User Level: Students
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2012
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
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This lively and fascinating text traces the key developments in computation – from 3000 B.C. to the present day – in an easy-to-follow and concise manner. Topics and features: ideal for self-study, offering many pedagogical features such as chapter-opening key topics, chapter introductions and summaries, exercises, and a glossary; presents detailed information on major figures in computing, such as Boole, Babbage, Shannon, Turing, Zuse and Von Neumann; reviews the history of software engineering and of programming languages, including syntax and semantics; discusses the progress of artificial intelligence, with extension to such key disciplines as philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neural networks and cybernetics; examines the impact on society of the introduction of the personal computer, the World Wide Web, and the development of mobile phone technology; follows the evolution of a number of major technology companies, including IBM, Microsoft and Apple.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Computing in Early Civilisations.
  2. What is a Computer?
  3. Early Computers.
  4. Developments in the 1950s to 1970s.
  5. Revolutions in the 1980s and 1990s.
  6. IBM.
  7. Technology Companies.
  8. The Internet Revolution.
  9. History of Programming Languages.
  10. History of Software Engineering.
  11. People in Computing.
  12. Foundations (Boole and Babbage).
  13. Claude Shannon.
  14. Alan Turing.
  15. Artificial Intelligence.

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