The Computer Book: From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence, 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science (Sterling Milestones)

November 2, 2019 - Comment

Part of Sterling’s extremely popular Milestones series, this illustrated exploration of computer science ranges from the ancient abacus to superintelligence and social media.   With 250 illustrated landmark inventions, publications, and events—encompassing everything from ancient record-keeping devices to the latest computing technologies—this highly topical addition to the Sterling Milestones series takes a chronological journey through

Part of Sterling’s extremely popular Milestones series, this illustrated exploration of computer science ranges from the ancient abacus to superintelligence and social media.
 
With 250 illustrated landmark inventions, publications, and events—encompassing everything from ancient record-keeping devices to the latest computing technologies—this highly topical addition to the Sterling Milestones series takes a chronological journey through the history and future of computer science. Two expert authors, with decades’ of experience working in computer research and innovation, explore topics including the Sumerian abacus, the first spam message, Morse code, cryptography, early computers, Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics, UNIX and early programming languages, movies, video games, mainframes, minis and micros, hacking, virtual reality, and more.

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Anonymous says:

An enjoyable and informative read Garfinkel and Grunspan lead readers on a highlight tour of notable and interesting advances in computing. They offer a one-page summary and great photos for each individual milestones including technologies, people, and decisions. For example, those from 1985 include:* Connection Machine* First Computer-Generated TV Host* Zero-Knowledge Proofs* FCC Approves Unlicensed Spread Spectrum* NSFNET* Desktop Publishing* Field-Programmable Gate Array* GPU…

Anonymous says:

The Computer Book: A Pleasant Stroll through the History of Computing “The Computer Book” by Simson Garfinkel and Rachel Grunspan is subtitled, “From the Abacus to Artificial Intelligence, 250 Milestones in the History of Computer Science;” but, don’t be put off by that mouthful; it’s a delightful read and a visual feast. Each of the 250 well-curated, chronological milestones are flanked by gorgeous full-page photography. Among them, Milestone 13, The Jacquard Loom.The punched cards used in the Jacquard loom circa 1801 were later adapted by inventor…

Anonymous says:

Beautiful and Interesting Book I purchased this for a Christmas gift for my boss (I work in IT) and I gave it a look-through when it arrived to check it out. It’s a lovely book – very informative and interesting. If you are interested in the history of computing I highly recommend it.

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