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on 17 April 2012
Alan Turing and His Contemporaries

this is a first class book. it traces the development of stored program computers from 1945 to 1955.

for those of us who came early to the computing profession (i started with kodak in 1959) its a trip down memory lane. its an easy read. it took me less than a day to read including using some of the archaic programming languages to write programs similar to those we had to use in the early days.

this should be a school history text book, imho. i'm fed up with people thinking today that computers were invented in the 1980s, by the americans and most probably by bill gates. this book sets the record straight!

peace

annm
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on 23 May 2013
Catalogues in some detail early (mainly British) computers.
Many images I've not seen before and is full of technical and programming detail.
Would heartily recommend it to anyone interested in this aspect of computing history.
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on 5 February 2013
Would recommend this book to anybody interested in the history of computing. Good time line showing Turin's activities. As the title suggests there is a lot of material about all his projects and those of his contemporaries.
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on 4 March 2012
A good and accessible read for anyone with an interest in the subject. Well written and enjoyable. Text is quite large and easy to read, a little bit of a shame it's a paperback as I suspect many people will want to keep it on the shelf for years to come but I guess the lower price will make more people take a look and hopefully discover something of interest. If you are thinking of buying a copy do it, and I think you'll enjoy the read.
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on 5 March 2014
The evolution of British computer design is an often neglected subject. This book gives an authoritative account of the early days.
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on 26 December 2012
This basically traced the types of computers, and makers/designers in the period up to about 1960. Sadly there were many omissions EMIDEC 1100/2400 and Ferranti Orion for example. I found this book 'lightweight', but perhaps for someone who wasn't there in those times it might be more interesting.
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