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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262012317 | 440 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 20 illus.| October 2006
Paperback | $23.00 Short | £17.95 | ISBN: 9780262512039 | 440 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 20 illus.| August 2008
eBook | $16.95 Short | ISBN: 9780262254465 | 440 pp. | 20 illus.| August 2008

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Calculating a Natural World

Scientists, Engineers, and Computers During the Rise of U.S. Cold War Research

About the Author

Atsushi Akera is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


“Akera's Calculating a Natural World takes many of the familiar developments in the early history of digital electronic computing and recasts them so as to reveal the 'ecologies of knowledge' that gave rise to them, were transformed by them, and, in turn, further shaped these artifacts and practices. To carry out this daunting task, Akera thoughtfully relies on and contributes to constructivist and post-constructivist social theory, all while basing his narrative on detailed historical research. The result is a fine job of storytelling and theory building a sure contribution to the history of technology, computing history, and the broader study of technological innovation.”
David A. Hounshell, David M. Roderick Professor of Technology and Social Change, Carnegie Mellon University
“Akera's well-researched and engaging book offers a new synthesis of the history of postwar computing.”
David Mindell, Director, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
“This book is highly recomended for all students of the history of computing and Cold War research, and for those seeking new theoretical tools in science and technology studies.”
Slava Gerovitch, MIT, author of From Newspeak to Cyberspeak: A History of Soviet Cyernetics


Winner, 2010 Computer History Museum Prize, awarded by the Society for the History of Technology.