Review by Choice Review
Rojas provides an introduction to computers and computer history that has been sorely missing from reference shelves. The work's 600 entries, many of which represent the first reference treatment of this topic, are intended to make entries accessible to readers while maintaining a consistent level of technical information. The set encompasses nearly every aspect of computers and their history, including: personal computing, computer languages and formats, mainframes, robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet, major contributors to the field of study and industry, the "slang and lore of computer scientists and hackers," and much more. Each entry includes an essay with textual explanations and a clear system of cross-referencing. The authors include further reading sections at the end of each article, as well as extensive bibliographies at the conclusion of the second volume. Essential for undergraduate collections, academic and public libraries, and computer science researchers interested in learning more about the rich field and history of computer science. L. Lampert California State University--Northridge
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Review by Library Journal Review
Aimed at upper-level high school students, college undergraduates, and public library users, this two-volume set attempts to encompass, albeit quite broadly, "every aspect of computers and their history: from personal computing to mainframes to robotics and artificial intelligence; from the theoretical underpinnings of computers to the people and organizations that translate theory into reality." Contributed by a wide cross-section of scholars in the fields of computer science and history of science, the 600 entries range broadly over such topics as important companies, computing machines, software applications, networking concepts, computer research, and laboratories, as well as important individuals in the history of computing. Each entry is accompanied by a list of references for further reading, and a system of cross-referencing (in boldface text) leads readers to more information. The extensive bibliography at the end of Volume 2 suggests even more avenues for advanced study. This work successfully achieves its goal of presenting the history of computing in a highly readable text. Recommended for most libraries.DJoe Accardi, William Rainey Harper Coll. Lib., Palatine, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.