When Computers Were Human


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Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term "computer" referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable people who, in other circumstances, might have become scientists in their own right. When Computers Were Human represents the first in-depth account of this little-known, 200-year epoch in the history of science and technology. Beginning with the story of his own grandmother, who was trained as a human ...

When Computers Were Human 2007, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691133829

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When Computers Were Human 2005, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691091570