Encyclopedia of computers and computer history /
Raúl Rojas, editor in chief.
Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, c2001.
2 v. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm.
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Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, c2001.
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v. 1. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-11-01:
Rojas provides an introduction to computers and computer history that has been sorely missing from reference shelves. The work's 600 entries, many of which represent the first reference treatment of this topic, are intended to make entries accessible to readers while maintaining a consistent level of technical information. The set encompasses nearly every aspect of computers and their history, including: personal computing, computer languages and formats, mainframes, robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet, major contributors to the field of study and industry, the "slang and lore of computer scientists and hackers," and much more. Each entry includes an essay with textual explanations and a clear system of cross-referencing. The authors include further reading sections at the end of each article, as well as extensive bibliographies at the conclusion of the second volume. Essential for undergraduate collections, academic and public libraries, and computer science researchers interested in learning more about the rich field and history of computer science. L. Lampert California State University--Northridge
Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-02-01:
Aimed at upper-level high school students, college undergraduates, and public library users, this two-volume set attempts to encompass, albeit quite broadly, "every aspect of computers and their history: from personal computing to mainframes to robotics and artificial intelligence; from the theoretical underpinnings of computers to the people and organizations that translate theory into reality." Contributed by a wide cross-section of scholars in the fields of computer science and history of science, the 600 entries range broadly over such topics as important companies, computing machines, software applications, networking concepts, computer research, and laboratories, as well as important individuals in the history of computing. Each entry is accompanied by a list of references for further reading, and a system of cross-referencing (in boldface text) leads readers to more information. The extensive bibliography at the end of Volume 2 suggests even more avenues for advanced study. This work successfully achieves its goal of presenting the history of computing in a highly readable text. Recommended for most libraries.DJoe Accardi, William Rainey Harper Coll. Lib., Palatine, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Bowker Data Service Summary
The entries in this reference address the information revolution, covering important corporations, software, computing machines, networking, computer concepts, research and laboratories, and important individuals in computing history.
Library of Congress Summary
"This unique reference work includes 600 articles covering the full history of computing from the abacus to eBay. Biographies of major figures in the history of computers, company background, and lists of computer terminology as well as profiles of pioneering computers such as the ENIAC and Commodore 64 are provided."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2002.
Main Description
TheEncyclopedia of Computers and Computer Historyprovides a complete A-to-Z reference guide to computers, their development, and their usage in today's world. Beginning with "Abacus," this two-volume set provides over 900 pages of facts, definitions, biographies, histories, and explanations of a remarkable variety of computer-related subjects. TheEncyclopedia's 600 entries--many of which represent the first reference treatment of their subjects--address the diverse topics that form the backbone of the information revolution. Entries include essays on major corporations, computing machines, software, networking, computing concepts, research, laboratories, and pioneering individuals in computing history. In addition to these essays, each entry is also followed by a helpful list of further reading on that subject. Contributors to theEncyclopediarepresent a wide cross-section of accomplished scholars in the fields of computer science and scientific history. Theirinformative, accessible essays enable readers to learn about computer history in a non-intimidating way. An invaluable addition to any library collection, theEncyclopedia of Computers and Computer Historyis an indispensable resource for undergraduates, graduate students, and anybody with an interest in, or question about, computers.
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Consists of 600 entries, and has been designed specifically for advanced level students, undergraduates, and interested laypersons. The essays in the Encyclopedia address the diverse topics that form the backbone of the information revolution.

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