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The Computer in the United States : From Laboratory to Market, 1930-60 - James W. Cortada

The Computer in the United States

From Laboratory to Market, 1930-60

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Published: 1st October 1993
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This book examines how a technological innovation - in this case the computer - progresses from its origin as an idea in someone's mind to its eventual manifestation as a usable and marketable consumer product. It covers the early history of computer technology, the initial response to this technology of the vendors who eventually sold it, and the computer's fate in the American marketplace during the first decade of its existence. The book concludes with a comparison of the evolution of the computer with such earlier information technologies as the adding machine, the typewriter, and the tabulator. Throughout, the discussion is placed in the context of current historical debates and theories concerning the evolution of technology.

Illustrations
Tables and Figures
Acronyms
Preface
Acknowledgments
Issues and the Debatep. 3
Technical Origins of the Computerp. 12
Analog, Electromechanical, and Digital Machinesp. 30
Vendors' Initial Responses to the Computerp. 64
The Public and Customers Meet the Computerp. 102
Patterns in Office Equipment Technologyp. 125
Notesp. 141
Bibliographic Essayp. 169
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9781563242359
ISBN-10: 1563242354
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 1st October 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 14.48  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.35