The Universal History of Computing: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer

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A brilliant follow-up to a landmark international bestseller "Suppose every instrument could by command or by anticipation of need execute its function on its own; suppose that spindles could weave of their own accord, and plectra strike the strings of zithers by themselves; then craftsmen would have no need of hand-work, and masters have no need of slaves." -Aristotle Called the Indiana Jones of arithmetic, Georges Ifrah embarked in 1974 on a ten-year quest to discover where numbers come from and what they say about us. ...

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jmdjr

May 13, 2010

Informative yet missleading

This book packed full of information about the development and history of computation, number theory and logic, but mentions only briefly anything relevant to quantum computers. this book starts off bland, several pages dedicated to diagrams of ancient number systems, but eventually begin to flow more like what you expect in a translated history-of-science kind of book. recommend this to anyone who enjoys history and rare facts, not for the weak minded.

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