Michael L. Dertouzos

Michael L. Dertouzos. is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of MIT's Laboratory of Computer Science.

  • Made in America

    Made in America

    Regaining the Productive Edge

    Michael L. Dertouzos, Robert M. Solow, and Richard K. Lester

    Made in America identifies what is best and worth replicating in American industrial practice and sets out five national priorities for regaining the productive edge.

    What went wrong and how can America become second to none in industrial productivity? This long awaited study by a team of top notch MIT scientists and economists - the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity - takes a hard look at the recurring weaknesses of American industry that are threatening the country's standard of living and its position in the world economy. Made in America identifies what is best and worth replicating in American industrial practice and sets out five national priorities for regaining the productive edge. Unlike other studies that prescribe macroeconomic cures, Made in America focuses on the reorganization and effective integration of human resources and new technologies within the firm as a principal driving force for long term growth in productivity. Made in America examines the relationship between human resources and technological change in detail and singles out the most significant productivity weaknesses from the myriad causes that are typically cited. These include short­time horizons and a preoccupation with the bottom line, outdated strategies that focus excessively on the domestic market, lack of cooperation within and among U.S. firms, neglect of human resources, technological failures in translating discoveries to products, and a mismatch between governmental actions and the needs of industry. Looking ahead Made in America asserts that industrial performance would improve substantially simply by building on what is best in U.S. industry. It describes representative systems of production that can serve as models of best industrial practice for niche producers, price competitive specialized producers, and flexible mass producers. Among the goals singled out as national priorities are the creation of a new economic citizenship that involves well­educated workers as active partners in the reproduction process, a new strategic focus on production, finding a better balance between cooperation and individualism, learning to live in an increasingly international economy, and making proper provision for the future both in terms of capital and human resources. The findings and goals of Made in America are based on such measures of productivity performance as product quality, innovativeness, time to market, and service in eight manufacturing sectors - semiconductors, computers, and office equipment; automobiles; steel; consumer electronics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals; textiles; machine tools; and commercial aircraft. These measures revealed a large gap between the best and average U.S. practice.

    • Hardcover $70.00 £58.00
  • The Computer Age

    The Computer Age

    A Twenty-Year View

    Michael L. Dertouzos and Joel Moses

    The past and future of computers in our lives, from science and business to the home.

    Gathered from twenty leading authorities in computer science, the chapters of The Computer Age range across a broad spectrum of topics—from technological trends and needs to social questions, such as the changing economics of information, ownership principles, regulation, the range of potential computer uses, from science and business to the home.

    • Hardcover $30.00 £25.00
    • Paperback $55.00 £45.00
  • Threshold Logic

    A Synthesis Approach

    Michael L. Dertouzos

    The subject of this book is threshold elements, and the problem consists of several questions aimed at the logical capabilities of a single threshold element and at the synthesis or design of combinational digital systems (e.g., computers) using these devices. A threshold element is primarily a logical gate or a basic building block, and it is one of the most powerful gates known to us today.

    The work is important on three counts: It is the first book on the subject of threshold elements; it presents an approach not often encountered in the design of digital systems; and it contains primarily original results which answer the basic problem in a number of ways. These results which include a number of synthesis procedures are presented in detail and are illustrated with examples. In the interest of continuity, some results of other investigators are briefly, though fully, explained.

    THRESHOLD LOGIC: A Synthesis Approach shows how a basic approach (correlation) can be used in treating the questions of threshold element synthesis. A number of scattered concepts are unified through this approach under one idea (the characteristic-vector language).

    This monograph should interest students and engineers as well as researchers in the fields of threshold logic, logic design, and switching theory in general, as well as in bionics and in computer design.

    • Hardcover $27.50