Computing in Early Civilisations
What is a Computer?
Developments in the 1950s to 1970s
Revolutions in the 1980s and 1990s
The Internet Revolution
History of Programming Languages
History of Software Engineering
People in Computing
Foundations (Boole and Babbage)
Über den Autor
Dr. Gerard O'Regan is a CMMI software process improvement consultant at SQC Consulting, and a visiting lecturer at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia. He is the author of the Springer titles Introduction to Software Process Improvement, Mathematical Approaches to Software Quality and A Practical Approach to Software Quality.
Computing in Early CivilisationsWhat is a Computer?Early ComputersDevelopments in the 1950s to 1970sRevolutions in the 1980s and 1990sIBMTechnology CompaniesThe Internet RevolutionHistory of Programming LanguagesHistory of Software EngineeringPeople in ComputingFoundations (Boole and Babbage)Claude ShannonAlan TuringArtificial Intelligence
This lively and fascinating text traces the key developments in computation - from 3000 B.C. to the present day - in an easy-to-follow and concise manner. Topics and features: ideal for self-study, offering many pedagogical features such as chapter-opening key topics, chapter introductions and summaries, exercises, and a glossary; presents detailed information on major figures in computing, such as Boole, Babbage, Shannon, Turing, Zuse and Von Neumann; reviews the history of software engineering and of programming languages, including syntax and semantics; discusses the progress of artificial intelligence, with extension to such key disciplines as philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neural networks and cybernetics; examines the impact on society of the introduction of the personal computer, the World Wide Web, and the development of mobile phone technology; follows the evolution of a number of major technology companies, including IBM, Microsoft and Apple.
Offers a comprehensive account of the history of computingTraces the beginnings of computation from 3000 B.C. through to modern timesIncludes helpful pedagogical elements such as exercises and chapter summariesDoes not require studies in computer science in order to be understood and appreciated