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Library Journal Bestseller in Computer Science, 2005-2006
"[T]his book details the post-war computer development boom, concentrating on the personalities instead of the technology, and blending human interest with history in a lighthearted way that will appeal to technophiles and Luddites alike...The book has its techie moments, but this is an informative and entertaining read for anyone who's ever wondered about the evolution of computers from vacuum-tube-filled, moth-cooking, multi-ton calculators to iPods and wafer thin laptops." --Publishers Weekly, October 17, 2005
"Hally's researches took him all over the world for what is clearly not just a vitally important piece of scientific (and oral) history but a fascinating story in its own right." -- The Scotsman, August 20, 2005
"Pioneering efforts from around the globe are all covered, with not only the technological breakthroughs described but also the people who made them." -- Granta, June 1, 2005
"If you never imagined being interested in the history of computers, prepare to change your mind." -- CHOICE, June 2005
"It will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the dawn of the digital age." -- The Independent, July 26, 2005
Charles W. Wessner, Rapporteur; Committee on Competing in the 21st Century: Best Practice in State and Regional Innovation Initiatives; Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy; Policy and Global Affairs; National Research Council