Portraits in Silicon
By (author) Robert Slater
Normal Price: $56.95
Your Price: $51.26 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $5.70! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.56 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply, Not for Xmas
Portraits in Silicon by Robert Slater
Book DescriptionWho are the masterminds of today's electronic revolution and what motivated them? That's the question Time correspondent Robert Slater asked as he traveled to Silicon Valley to interview the designers, entrepreneurs, hardware engineers, and software writers who have given us the modern computer.Robert Slater is a member of the reporting staff of the Time Jerusalem bureau.
Buy Portraits in Silicon book by Robert Slater from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780262691314
(226mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1989
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Slater
Soros: The Life, Ideas, and Impact of the World's Most Influential Investor, Hardback (January 2009)
The bestselling biography of a legend-now fully revised with exclusive insights on Soros's political and economic influence
Jack Welch on Leadership, Paperback (February 2004)» View all books by Robert Slater
Reveals the strategies and secrets that led to Jack Welch's success. This book helps readers learn the management wisdom and actions that Jack Welch used to create the most valuable corporation - and become one of the greatest corporate leaders - in history.
US Kirkus Review » Brief but informative profiles of 33 men and one woman who have contributed significantly to the development of either solid-state electronics or computer technology. Time correspondent Slater (Golda, 1981) opens with a rundown on an engaging 19th-century character: Englishman Charles Babbage, whose design for a so-called Analytic Engine anticipated punched-card control of central processing units. On the author's list of contemporary masterminds are the likes of mathematician Alan Turing, game theorist John von Neumann, and Claude Shannon of Boolean logic fame. Slater's choice of hardware pioneers ranges from Harvard's Howard Aiken through Seymour Cray (a recluse best known for his supercomputers) and Gordon Bell (who helped make minis a commercial reality for Digital Equipment Corp.). Slater also devotes a good deal of attention to software, reviewing the achievements of such superstars as Grace Murray Hopper (COBOL, for common business oriented language), John Backus (FORTRAN, formula translation), and Daniel Bricklin (VisiCalc). Covered as well are seminal semiconductor figures like Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce (architects of the integrated circuit), plus a wealth of entre. preneurs - Thomas Watson Sr. (IBM), Nolan Bushnell (Atari), Steven Jobs (Apple Computer), William Gates (Microsoft), et al. Some observers may take exception to Slater's omission of Marvin Minsky (the dean of artificial intelligence), Norbert Wiener (co-author with von Neumann of Cybernetics), An Wang, or other equally deserving candidates. Conversely, others may object to the inclusion of William Shockley, a Nobel laureate and co-inventor of the transistor, whose outre theories on dysgenic breeding belie his genius for scientific research. On balance, however, the author offers a representative who's who that's notable more for accessible breadth than any great depth. A fine introduction for electronics/computer tyros and a ready reference for older hands. The text has head-and-shoulders portrait-photos of all principals, plus some less than arresting installation shots. (Kirkus Reviews)
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Portraits in Silicon book by Robert Slater and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Robert Slater
Robert Slater is a member of the reporting staff of the Time Jerusalem bureau.
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-2pm 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