Engines of the Mind
The Evolution of the Computer from Mainframes to Microprocessors
By (author) Joel N. Shurkin
Normal Price: $44.12
Your Price: $39.70 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $4.41! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.99 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 8-11 days
Engines of the Mind by Joel N. Shurkin
Book DescriptionWhen John Mauchly and Presper Eckert developed the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) at the University of Pennsylvania during World War II, their intention was to aid artillerymen in aiming their guns. Since then, in the past fifty years, ENIAC and its offspring have changed the way we go about both business and science. Along with the transistor, the computer has brought about transformation on a scale unmatched since the industrial revolution. Now, in a lively and evenhanded account, Joel Shurkin introduces us to the often-feuding players and the discoveries that made the computer possible-from the first models to the creation of the chip and beyond. Here is the first full account of an invention that changed the world. For this new paperback edition, Shurkin has added an epilogue and a new chapter on the latest milestones in the ongoing computer revolution.
Buy Engines of the Mind book by Joel N. Shurkin from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780393314717
(211mm x 140mm x 28mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 28-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joel N. Shurkin
True Genius, Hardback (January 2017)
"The first biography of Richard Garwin, a physicist whose work has had wide-ranging impacts on modern life from well-known technical innovations to progress in nuclear disarmament"--
Broken Genius, Hardback (June 2006)
This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley - one of the most significant and reviled scientists of the 20th century. Drawing upon unique access to the private Shockley archives, veteran technology historian and journalist Joel Shurkin gives an unflinching account of how such promise ended in such ignominy.
Am I Crazy, or is it My Shrink?, Hardback (July 1998)» View all books by Joel N. Shurkin
This book is an intelligent guide for laypersons seeking, or presently in, therapy. It will present the major psychotherapeutic schools and explain why some therapies are more appropriate than others for specific problems and specific kinds of patients.
US Kirkus Review » A serviceable addition to the growing stock of computer histories - concentrating on 19th- and 20th-century innovators and the controversies among them. Once again we meet Babbage and Byron's daughter, the luckless Ada Lovelace. The jump is made to early census-takers, the first punched cards, and the early WW II years at the U. of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Engineering. The pioneers of digital electronic computers, John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, are fleshed out from interviews and correspondence. They have been distinctly riled - apparently with reason - at von Neumann's being given credit for the idea of a computer-stored memory. (Note is also taken of the Iowa-based inventor - now with Navy Ordnance in Maryland - who lays claim to priority in computer design.) These disputes are variously traced to security leaks, lost memos, New York Times stories, patent disputes, papers published without credit to co-authors, and other academic or industrial crises. Shurkin enjoys the gossip and the rivalry - especially between the Moore School and MIT, where engineers were fixated on analog computers and peremptorily dismissed digital machines. In the more recent past, Shurkin recounts tales of Sperry Rand, Univac, IBM, and other well-known names; he ends with a brief look at the current drawing boards. Between Harry Wulforst's Breakthrough to the Computer Age and Robert Sobel's I.B.M., the ground has been exceedingly well covered - but this does both trim down and liven up the story. (Kirkus Reviews)
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Engines of the Mind book by Joel N. Shurkin and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Joel N. Shurkin
Joel Shurkin is a science writer and has run the science journalism internship at Stanford University. A former reporter for UPI and Reuters and science editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, he was a lead writer on the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Three Mile Island.
Bestselling Books: Our Current Bestsellers | Australia's Hottest 1000 Books | Bestselling Fiction | Bestselling Crime Mysteries and Thrillers | Bestselling Non Fiction Books | Bestselling Sport Books | Bestselling Gardening and Handicrafts Books | Bestselling Biographies | Bestselling Food and Drink | Bestselling History | Bestselling Travel Books | Bestselling School Textbooks & Study Guides | Bestselling Children's General Non-Fiction | Bestselling Young Adult Fiction | Bestselling Children's Fiction | Bestselling Picture Books | Top 100 US Bestsellers
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2016. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.