Did you know that the first "computers" were actually women who computed artillery tables during WWII, & the machine was named after them? That the first real computer programmers were also women? Or that if the U.S. hadn't been desperate for a way to compute more artillery tables for the War, ENIAC would probably never have been built?
As a computer science student trying to improve my general background knowledge about computer hardware & history, I loved this book! Somehow the class I took on Computer Architecture made alot more sense when talking about complex computer fundamentals in terms of cables and vacuum tubes rather than integrated circuits and D flip-flops. If you work in IT, want to better understand hardware, or are a computer and history junky, this book is for you! Also, Mauchly & Eckert may have been great inventors, but they were terrible businessmen. This book is a fabulous case study on how great innovation without business savvy can be taken to the cleaners.
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