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Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science

Introduction to the History of Computing

A Computing History Primer

Authors: O'Regan, Gerard

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  • Provides a broad introduction to the History of Computing
  • Discusses the foundations of the field of computing, and the earliest computers developed in the United States, England and Germany
  • Includes pedagogical features such as key topics, chapter summaries, and exercises at the end of each chapter
  • Reviews the history of programming languages, operating systems and software engineering
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About this Textbook

Tracing the story of computing from Babylonian counting boards to smartphones, this inspiring textbook provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of computing, together with discussion exercises to stimulate deeper investigation into this fascinating area. Features: provides chapter introductions, summaries, key topics, and review questions; includes an introduction to analogue and digital computers, and to the foundations of computing; examines the contributions of ancient civilisations to the field of computing; covers the first digital computers, and the earliest commercial computers, mainframes and minicomputers; describes the early development of the integrated circuit and the microprocessor; reviews the emergence of home computers; discusses the creation of the Internet, the invention of the smartphone, and the rise of social media; presents a short history of telecommunications, programming languages, operating systems, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and databases.

About the authors

Dr. Gerard O'Regan is a CMMI software process improvement consultant with research interests including software quality and software process improvement, mathematical approaches to software quality, and the history of computing. He is the author of such Springer titles as A Brief History of ComputingPillars of Computing, Giants of ComputingMathematics in Computing, Introduction to Software QualityIntroduction to Software Process Improvement, and Mathematical Approaches to Software Quality.

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“The work is conceived of as a text for an undergraduate computer science class. Basic definitions are covered, and the book is more comprehensive than other standard history of computing works because it covers analog and pre-digital computing innovations. The text then is written for a basic student introduction, which includes an abstract, key topics, review questions, and summary for each chapter. Also included are abundant pictures, illustrations, graphics, and references for each topic reviewed.” (G. Mick Smith, Computing Reviews, November, 2016)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33138-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33137-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Introduction to the History of Computing
Book Subtitle
A Computing History Primer
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33138-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33138-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-33137-9
Series ISSN
1863-7310
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 296
Number of Illustrations
50 b/w illustrations, 53 illustrations in colour
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