by Charles Eames and Ray Eames
edited by Glen Fleck
producer Robert Staples
introduction by I. Bernard Cohen
Harvard University Press, 1990
Paper: 978-0-674-15626-5
Library of Congress Classification QA76.17.E15 1990
Dewey Decimal Classification 004.0904


A Computer Perspective is an illustrated essay on the origins and first lines of development of the computer. The complex network of creative forces and social pressures that have produced the computer is personified here in the creators of instruments of computation, and their machines or tables; the inventors of mathematical or logical concepts and their applications; and the fabricators of practical devices to serve the immediate needs of government, commerce, engineering, and science.

The book is based on an exhibition conceived and assembled for International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation. Like the exhibition, it is not a history in the narrow sense of a chronology of concepts and devices. Yet these pages actually display more true history (in relation to the computer) than many more conventional presentations of the development of science and technology.

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