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.
Published in 1998, the first edition of this history took readers from the development of the first electronic digital computer to the advent of the World Wide Web. Several significant developments have happened since then, and in this edition Ceruzzi, curator of Aerospace Electronics and Computing at the National Air and Space Museum, has added a new chapter in which he examines three of them at length. They are the Microsoft antitrust suit and subsequent trial, the ascent and crash of the dot-com companies, and the rise of the "open source" software movement, particularly the growth and acceptance of the Linux operating system. Ceruzzi maintains a chronological narrative to represent several major turning points in computing history, including the transformation of the computer in the late 1940s from a specialized scientific instrument to a commercial product, the emergence of small systems in the late 1960s, the beginnings of personal computing in the 1970s, and the spread of networking after 1985. His last chapter, "Internet Time, 1995-2001," covers the recent developments mentioned above. With an engaging style, Ceruzzi breathes life into what is usually perceived as a mundane topic. Recommended to a broad audience, especially where there is demand for such historical treatments.-Joe J. Accardi, Harper Coll. Lib., Palatine, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.