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History of Computing

This distinguished series has played a major role in defining scholarship in the history of computing. Hallmarks of the series are its technical detail and interpretation of primary source materials.

The effect of a commercialized Internet on American business, from the boom in e-commerce and adjustments by bricks-and-mortar businesses to file-sharing and community building.

Shaping an Industry and Its Technology
A Study of Technology and Management at Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company, Engineering Research Associates, and Remington Rand, 1946-1957

The history of a crucial decade in the early development of digital technology, focusing on both technical and business issues at two key firms.

A Revolutionary History of the Computer

An examination of technology and politics in the evolution of the British "government machine."

IBM's 360 and Early 370 Systems describes the creation of this remarkable system and the developments it spawned, including its successor, System/370.

DARPA and the Quest for Machine Intelligence, 1983-1993

The story of the U.S. Department of Defense's extraordinary effort, in the period from 1983 to 1993, to achieve machine intelligence.

History and Architectures
The R&D Story of The SAGE Air Defense Computer

The book shows how the wartime alliance of engineers, scientists, and the military exemplified by MIT's Radiation Lab helped to transform research and development practice in the United States through the end of the Cold War period.

Portrait of a Computer Pioneer

Biography of Howard Aiken, a major figure of the early digital era, by a major historian of science who was also a colleague of Aiken's at Harvard.

Howard Aiken and the Computer

William Aspray provides the first broad and detailed account of von Neumann's many different contributions to computing.

The Difference Engines of Johann Müller, Charles Babbage, and Georg and Edvard Sheutz

This book is the first to provide a unified picture of the difference engines that were the mechanical predecessors of today's digital computer, to emphasize them as part of the history of numerical tables, and to give equal weight to the technical and social aspects of their creation.

A Life And A Legacy
The People, the Hardware, and the Software