A Brief History of Computing

By Gerard O'Regan

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This comprehensive book provides an introduction into the key topics in the history of computing in an easy-to-follow and concise manner. The book covers significant areas and events in the field from the beginnings of computation in 3000B.C. through to the present day.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-8480-0083-4
  • 268 Pages
  • User Level: Students
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2008
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • eBook Price: $39.95
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This book provides an introduction into the key topics in the history of computing in an easy-to-follow and concise manner. It covers significant areas and events in the field from the beginnings of computation 3000B.C. through to the present day. Features: Offers detailed information on major figures in computing, such as Boole, Babbage, Shannon , Turing and Von Neumann; Includes a history of programming languages, including syntax and semantics; presents a history of software engineering; Discusses the progress of artificial intelligence, with extension to some of the key disciplines in this field, such as philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neural networks and cybernetic; examines the history of the Internet revolution, World Wide Web and Dot Com Bubble; shows the evolution of a number of technology companies such as IBM, Motorola and Microsoft. Focusing on the fundamental areas in the computing field, this clearly written and broad-ranging text will catch the attention and greatly benefit computer science students.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. From the contents. Early Civilisations.
  2. The Babylonians.
  3. The Egyptians.
  4. The Greeks.
  5. The Romans.
  6. Foundations.
  7. Boole.
  8. Babbage.
  9. Formalism.
  10. Turing.
  11. Shannon.
  12. Von Neumann.
  13. Hermann Zuse.
  14. Computer Programming Languages.
  15. Object
  16. oriented Languages.
  17. Functional Programming Languages.
  18. Logic Programming Languages.
  19. Syntax and Semantics.
  20. Software Engineering.
  21. What is Software Engineering?
  22. Early Software Engineering.
  23. Software Engineering Mathematics.
  24. Formal Methods.
  25. Software Inspections and Testing.
  26. Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems.
  27. Descartes.
  28. Philosophy and AI.
  29. Cognitive Psychology.
  30. Linguistics.
  31. Cybernetics.
  32. Logic and AI.
  33. Computability, Incompleteness and Decidability.
  34. Robots.
  35. Neural Networks.
  36. Expert Systems.
  37. The Internet Revolution.
  38. The ARPANET.
  39. TCP/IP.
  40. Birth of the Internet.
  41. Birth of the World
  42. Wide
  43. Web.
  44. Dot Com Companies.
  45. E
  46. Software Development.
  47. E
  48. Commerce Security.
  49. Famous Technology Companies.
  50. Microsoft.
  51. Motorola.
  52. Apple Computers.
  53. Oracle.
  54. Siemens.
  55. HP.
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