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Chen

Rochester, NY, USA | Member Since 2001

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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
    (262)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (87)

    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..."
    "excellent book on history and ideas of computing"
    Overall

    Except for the first dozen minutes that repeat what we all know about the computers of today, the rest of the book is a fascinating account of the background, the people, and the critical events in the early days of computing. I have never seen a more complete and comprehensive account of how the science, the technology, the engineering, the war effort, and most interestingly, the people came together to give birth to ENIAC. I learned for the first time the commercial efforts after the invention and before the dominance of IBM. Except for the beginning part, I find the content highly informative not only because of the detailed account of historical events but also because of the description of many of the early technical problems and solutions. As a college professor teaching computer science, I highly recommend this book for any one who is interested in learning the history and the basic elements of computing.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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