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From the abacus to the iPhone The 50 breakthroughs that sparked the digital revolution

From the abacus to the iPhone The 50 breakthroughs that sparked the digital revolution [Kindle Edition]

Nick Heath , Jo Best
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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From our mobile phones to our laptops, we take for granted that technology is powerful, versatile and reliable. 'From the abacus to the iPhone' explores how we managed to reach the modern information age, charting the history of computing through the 50 breakthroughs that laid the foundations of today's digital world. The story it tells starts back in 150BC, and continues – via the electric telegraph and the mighty Colossus computer - right through to the 21st century's very latest gadgets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publisher: CBS Interactive UK (20 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OL6KRQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.3 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and interesting 21 Mar 2012
By shell_8
Format:Kindle Edition
A short and concise book about the kinds of technology which have marked turning points in our history. I devoured it in one sitting and came away feeling like i'd learned enough to ace the technology round in our local pub quiz!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable read 2 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reasonable read for the geeky nerd

Please Amazon - take note - don't pad out this is all that is required for this review
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1.0 out of 5 stars Apple haggiography 27 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Just looked through the index...
There are 6 'breakthrough' inventions attributed to Apple, but the Internet and the data cabling that enables it are not even mentioned. The vast strides in the storage of information since the first hard drive also are not considered worthy of comment.
This does not look like an objective technical review!
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2.0 out of 5 stars basic facts, not very interesting 5 April 2012
By S. Neff - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Most of the early inventions are covered in a paragraph or two with very little detail. Most of the detail is provided for inventions of the past ten years which is all common knowledge. The author's choice of which devices to include and which to leave out are sometimes surprising.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and interesting read 29 Jan 2013
By Alan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The stories contained in the ebook are easy to read and provide a quick history of technological innovation. It does not go into too much detail which helps with the flow. It would have been helpful to include a comprehensive list of sources of further reading on the various topics. Worth the read.
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