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  • Calculation and Computation in the Pre-electronic Eraby Aristotle Tympas

    Springer London 2018; US$ 103.91

    This book offers an introduction to the history of computing during the ‘first’ (steam) and the ‘second’ (electricity) industrial revolution. It starts with the origins of the industrial revolution and stops at the emergence of electronic computing, which for many historians signifies the end of the industrial society and the beginning of a post-industrial... more...

  • The Story of Codebreakingby Nigel Cawthorne

    Arcturus Digital Limited 2017; US$ 4.99

    'No wonder that Churchill described this effort as "Britain's secret weapon," a weapon far more effective than the buzz bombs and the rockets that Wernher von Braun designed for a German victory, a weapon absolutely decisive, in the judgement of many, in winning the war for the Allies.' Peter Hilton, mathematician and codebreaker, 1923-2010, about... more...

  • The Friendly Orange Glowby Brian Dear

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2017; US$ 40.00

    At a time when Steve Jobs was only a teenager and Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t even born, a group of visionary engineers and designers—some of them only high school students—in the late 1960s and 1970s created a computer system called PLATO, which was light-years ahead in experimenting with how people would learn, engage, communicate, and play through connected... more...

  • PoC or GTFOby MANUL Laphroaig

    No Starch Press 2017; US$ 31.99

    This highly anticipated print collection gathers articles published in the much-loved  International Journal of Proof-of-Concept or Get The Fuck Out . PoC||GTFO  follows in the tradition of  Phrack  and  Uninformed  by publishing on the subjects of offensive security research, reverse engineering, and file format internals. Until now, the journal... more...

  • Harmonies of Disorderby Leone Montagnini

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 73.35

    This book presents the entire body of thought of Norbert Wiener (1894–1964), knowledge of which is essential if one wishes to understand and correctly interpret the age in which we live. The focus is in particular on the philosophical and sociological aspects of Wiener’s thought, but these aspects are carefully framed within the context of his scientific... more...

  • The Electric Centuryby J.B. Williams

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 36.67

    This book is about how electricity has profoundly changed the way we live, work, and play. Some twenty topics are covered, with an abundance of graphs and images to build a comprehensive picture. Each looks at the developments, and the people who initiated them, together with how one led to the next and their subsequent impact on society. Topics... more...

  • Plain Textby Dennis Tenen

    Stanford University Press 2017; US$ 24.95

    Plain Text offers a rich media history of software and hardware that reflects critically on the material contexts of knowledge production, that is, on the way we read and write today. more...

  • Tweeting to Freedom: An Encyclopedia of Citizen Protests and Uprisings around the Worldby Jim Willis; Anthony Fellow

    ABC-CLIO 2017; US$ 89.00

    The innovators who created social media might never have imagined the possibility: that activists living in countries where oppressive conditions are the norm would use social media to call for changes to bring greater freedom, opportunity, and justice to the masses. The attributes of social media that make it so powerful for casual socializing—the... more...

  • Philosophical Explorations of the Legacy of Alan Turingby Juliet Floyd; Alisa Bokulich

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 106.36

    This volume presents an historical and philosophical revisiting of the foundational character of Turing’s conceptual contributions and assesses the impact of the work of Alan Turing on the history and philosophy of science. Written by experts from a variety of disciplines, the book draws out the continuing significance of Turing’s work. The centennial... more...

  • The Electronics Revolutionby J.B. Williams

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 42.78

    This book is about how electronics, computing, and telecommunications have profoundly changed our lives – the way we work, live, and play. It covers a myriad of topics from the invention of the fundamental devices, and integrated circuits, through radio and television, to computers, mobile telephones and GPS. Today our lives are ruled by electronics... more...