Who Invented the Computer? The Legal Battle That Changed Computing History
Alice Rowe Burks, Douglas R. HofstadterISBN: 1591020344;
Typically, in the case of a revolutionary invention that comes to pervade society, most of us have a knee-jerk reaction to the question "Who invented it?" Thus for the light bulb, the automobile, the airplane, and the telephone, we Americans could tend to reply, rightly or wrongly: "Thomas Edison," "Henry Ford," "Wilbur and Orville Wright," and "Alexander Graham Bell." This book is about the hidden social pressures to create such "mythic hero" figures for the computer. The cast of characters in this story is filled with vivid and very real personalities. Some are oddballs, and some are squares; some are honest, some are dishonest, and some are opportunists floating halfway in between. It is a genuine drama, written with flair and a supreme attempt at abjectivity.
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