Computing Books published by MIT Press

The following is a list of Computing Books published by MIT Press in the Centre for Computing History collection. It is not an exhaustive list of and other books may have been published. If you have a book that you would like to donate to our collection, please view our donations page.

There are 4 Computing Books published by MIT Press in our collection :
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A History of Modern Computing Date: 2003 A History of Modern Computing

From the first digital computer to the dot-com crash - a story of individuals, institutions, and the forces that led to a series of dramatic transformations. This engaging history covers modern computing from the development of the first electronic digital computer through the dot-com crash. 

The author concentrates on five key moments of transition: the transformation of the computer in the late 1940s from a specialised scientific instrument to a commercial product; the emergence of small systems in the late 1960s; the beginning of personal computing in the 1970s; the spread of networking after 1985; and, in a chapter written for the 2nd edition, the period 1995-2001.

Reports on the role played by Lyons and LEO Computers in the development of business computing.

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ISBN13: 978-0262532037
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
Published: 2003

Publisher: MIT Press
Author: Paul Ceruzzi
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Innovating for Failure: Government Policy and the Early British Computer Industry Date: 2nd June Innovating for Failure: Government Policy and the Early British Computer Industry

Hendry analyses the failure of the British computer industry in spite of the efforts of the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) to rationalise it.


Refers to LEO Computers.
 

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Published: 20 June 1990

Publisher: MIT Press
Author: John Hendry
Platform:

Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost its Edge in Computing Date: 3rd March Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost its Edge in Computing

Marie Hicks, an American academic, has produced a well researched and in many ways fascinating account of the British computer industry from its birth at the beginning of World War 2 code-breaking at Bletchley Park to the demise of ICL in the mid-1970s. As such it includes many references to LEO Computers including reports of interviews with LEO employees.

However, the focus is on British Government computing, and in particular on the making of staffing policy in the Civil Service. The account is often interesting and provides an insight into the social history of the Civil Service as it enters the Information Age, whether one agrees with the book's basic hypothesis or not.

Published: 3 March 2017
ISBN13: 978-0262035545
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm

Publisher: MIT Press
Author: Marie Hicks
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The Government Machine: A Revolutionary History of the Computer Date: 2003 The Government Machine: A Revolutionary History of the Computer

Pages relating to LEO: pp. 266, 302--306, 314, 325, 421

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Publisher: MIT Press
Author: Jon Agar
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