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Glenn

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  • ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Scott McCartney
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (88)

    The world's first programmable computer was the legendary ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), built by John Mauchly and Presper Eckert. Based on original interviews with surviving participants and the first study of Mauchly and Eckert's personal papers, ENIAC is a dramatic human story and a vital contribution to the history of technology, and it restores to the two inventors the legacy they deserve.

    Glenn says: "Fascinating history..."
    "Fascinating history..."
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    Everyone who assumes that von Neumann invented the computer (as I once thought) really owes it to themselves and the true inventors a listen to this fascinating retelling of the tale. Not overly "geeky," but not overly simplified either, this (audible) book finds the right balance to fill in the missing pieces of the invention of the computer. The *only* criticism that I have of the reading is the author's raised pitch when reading quotes from women. It sounds silly and somewhat demeaning, and isn't necessary to get the quote across. Otherwise the reader articulates well and is easy on the ears.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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