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Cambridge Computing: The First 75 Years [Hardcover]

Ahmed Haroon
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30 April 2013
Cambridge Computing: The First 75 Years covers the 'halcyon' years of Roger Needham's reign and the expansionist eras of his successors, Robin Milner, Ian Leslie and Andy Hopper. The story begins with Charles Babbage and his 'magical machines' and includes Alan Turing, whose 'Universal Turing Machine' defined the theoretical basis of computability. The central theme of the book is the 75-year history of the Computer Laboratory. The 21st-century Computer Laboratory, housed in the striking William Gates Building, is internationally recognised today as a leading school of computer science, engaged in teaching and ground-breaking research and as a nursery for computer entrepreneurs. Groups of academics work on a wide diversity of topics: artificial intelligence, computer architecture, digital technology, graphics and interaction, natural language and information processing, programming, logic, and semantics, security and systems.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Third Millennium Information (30 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190650783X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906507831
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cambridge Computing is designed to be an extensively illustrated, readable and informative account of computing in Cambridge from Babbage to the present day. I am confident that this book will appeal to a wide readership, well beyond Cambridge to everyone interested in the history of computing and the University of Cambridge." Andy Hopper, Professor of Computer Technology Head of Department

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Professor Haroon Ahmed is a prominent scientist in the fields of Microelectronics and electrical engineering. He has published a large number of papers in scientific and engineering research journals on microelectronics, micro and nanofabrication, electron and ion beam lithography, semiconductor single electron devices and related topics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories! 7 July 2013
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Superb book - I was at the Computer Lab for 17 years so know most of the names. Very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully produced 7 Nov 2013
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The book is beautifully produced and it succeeds brilliantly in finding the right level of technical detail to be interesting to anyone who has studied computer science at undergraduate level (which is probably the target audience), to be objective in its analysis of the lab's successes and failures while always accentuating the positive, and to paint pen-pictures of the lab's characters that say something interesting about them as personalities without either beatifying or insulting anyone. The photography is superb.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating Cambridge University book. 20 Oct 2013
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My professional computer son knows how good a book this is, but he hasn't yet received the copy I purchased for him as a present.

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