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A Computer Perspective

A Computer Perspective

Background to the Computer Age, New Edition

Charles Eames, Ray Eames

Edited by Glen Fleck

ISBN 9780674156265

Publication date: 09/01/1990

A Computer Perspective is an illustrated essay on the origins and first lines of development of the computer. The complex network of creative forces and social pressures that have produced the computer is personified here in the creators of instruments of computation, and their machines or tables; the inventors of mathematical or logical concepts and their applications; and the fabricators of practical devices to serve the immediate needs of government, commerce, engineering, and science.

The book is based on an exhibition conceived and assembled for International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation. Like the exhibition, it is not a history in the narrow sense of a chronology of concepts and devices. Yet these pages actually display more true history (in relation to the computer) than many more conventional presentations of the development of science and technology.


  • A Computer Perspective is the first truly graphic history of the origin and development of the computer… This book will long remain a unique anthology of the great events that occur when dreamers and theorists can get together with engineers and inventors.

    —The Economist


  • I. Bernard Cohen was Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, at Harvard University, and one of the founders of the modern study of the history of science.

Book Details

  • 176 pages
  • 8-3/4 x 8-3/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press
  • Producer Robert Staples
  • Introduction by I. Bernard Cohen