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Computer Science | The Universal Machine

The Universal Machine

From the Dawn of Computing to Digital Consciousness

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Watson, Ian

2012, XIV, 353 p. 110 illus., 1 illus. in color.

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  • An entertaining and approachable story of the evolution of the computer
  • Introduces the curious characters behind the greatest computer innovations
  • Prepares the reader for astounding developments yet to come

The computer unlike other inventions is universal; you can use a computer for many tasks: writing, composing music, designing buildings, creating movies, inhabiting virtual worlds, communicating... 
This popular science history isn't just about technology but introduces the pioneers: Babbage, Turing, Apple's Wozniak and Jobs, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Zuckerberg. This story is about people and the changes computers have caused. In the future ubiquitous computing, AI, quantum and molecular computing could even make us immortal. The computer has been a radical invention. In less than a single human life computers are transforming economies and societies like no human invention before.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Alan Turing - Apple and Wozniak - Babbage Analytical Engine - Future of Computing - History of Computing - Intelligent Machines - Steve Jobs

Related subjects » Computer Science - Popular Science

Table of contents 

What is a Universal Tool?.- Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.- Office Automation.- Computers go to War.- Computers go to Work.- Deadheads & Propeller Heads.- The Computer gets Personal.- The Computer Revolution.- Weaving the Web.- Apple is Reborn.- Over the Horizon.- Resources.- Competitors.- About the Author.- Published books.

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