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  From Gutenberg to Google: the history of our future
Wheeler T., Brookings Institution Press, Washington, DC, 2019. 300 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-815735-32-8)

The author of this book was the Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2013 to 2017. From that experience, Wheeler gained firsthand knowledge of some recent developments in communication networks, and the impac...

Jul 11 2019
  The electric century: how the taming of lightning shaped the modern world
Williams J., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 216 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-319511-54-2)

Today, unless they have been camping in the wilderness or backpacking in a “third world” country, people in Western countries take electricity for granted. It has become ubiquitous in our modern world and we have co...

Mar 28 2018
  CoCo: the colorful history of Tandy’s underdog computer
Pitre B., Loguidice B., CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 2013. 203 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-466592-47-6)

What do an attractive woman, a singing monk, Isaac Asimov, and the “Three Mugateers” have in common? They all share the rather short but quirky story of one beloved but failed low-end early computer, affectionately ...

Mar 26 2014
   Colossus: the secrets of Bletchley Park’s code-breaking computers
Copeland B., Oxford University Press, Inc., New York, NY, 2010. 480 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-199578-14-6)

Whether avoiding U-boat wolf packs in the North Atlantic or knowing Hitler’s response to the Allied landing at Normandy, the Allies were able to preempt the actions of the enemy because they had broken Germany’s sec...

Jan 20 2011
  Computers and commerce: a study of technology and management at Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company, Engineering Research Associates, and Remington Rand, 1946-1957
Norberg A., The MIT Press, 2005. 384 pp.  Type: Book (9780262140904)

The names resonate along the pathways of my memory: Wilkes, von Neumann, Eckert and Mauchly, Sammet, and dozens of others from the early years of the computer industry, and indeed the early years of computer design, who inhabit this bo...

Mar 23 2006
  Who invented the computer?: The Legal Battle That Changed Computing History
Burks A., Hofstadter D., Prometheus Books, 2002. 415 pp.  Type: Book (9781591020349)

Burks’ history attempts to uncover the critical relationship, and divergent accounts of invention between, two computing pioneers. In 1941, University of Pennsylvania physicist John Mauchly visited physics professor John Atan...

Oct 10 2003
  A computer called LEO: history and architectures
Ferry G., Fourth Estate, London, 2003. 240 pp.  Type: Book (9781841151854)

The story of the LEO, the worlds first business computer, has now been told a number of times (Bird [1], Caminer [2]), but in each case, the story has been told by an insider. Bird worked as a manager in the Lyons organization, and Cam...

Jun 24 2003
  Sperry Rand’s Third-Generation Computers 1964-1980
Gray G., Smith R. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 23(1): 3-16, 2001.  Type: Article

Those interested in the history of mainframe computers may be interested in this article, which describes the rise and fall of the Univac line of mainframe computers produced by Sperry Rand (later Sperry Corporation) in the 1960s and 1...

Feb 1 2001
  The Earliest Solid-State Digital Computers
Harris J. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 21(4): 49-54, 1999.  Type: Article

The author, who retired from Bell Labs in 1983, recalls early (mid-1950s) efforts to develop solid-state computers at the labs. The first major result was TRADIC, which showed not only that reliable, high-speed computers were possible ...

Dec 1 1999
  Howard Aiken’s Third Machine: The Harvard Mark III Calculator or Aiken-Dahlgren Electronic Calculator
Lee J. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 22(1): 62-81, 2000.  Type: Article

This exceptionally interesting paper describes the four computers designed by Howard Aiken and built at the Harvard Computation Center during the 1940s and 1950s. The machines were perhaps not quite state-of-the-art, but it must be rem...

Dec 1 1999
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