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RAND and the information evolution [electronic resource] : a history in essays and vignettes / Willis H. Ware.

By: Ware, Willis H.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corp., 2008Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 201 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780833048165 (electronic bk.); 0833048163 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Rand Corporation -- History | Information technology -- Research -- United States -- History | Computer science -- Research -- United States -- History | Military research -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Research institutes -- United States -- History -- 20th century | COMPUTERS -- Information Theory | COMPUTERS -- History | HISTORY -- Military -- General | Rand Corporation | Informationstechnik | Forschung | USA | Geschichte 1959-1980 | Geschichte 1950-1980Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: RAND and the information evolution.DDC classification: 355/.070973 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction -- The Department -- RAND's First Computer People -- RAND's Early Computers -- A Building for People with Computers -- Project Essays -- Lore, Snippets, and Snapshots -- Epilogue.
Summary: This professional memoir describes RAND's contributions to the evolution of computer science, particularly during the first decades following World War II, when digital computers succeeded slide rules, mechanical desk calculators, electric accounting machines, and analog computers. The memoir includes photographs and vignettes that reveal the collegial, creative, and often playful spirit in which the groundbreaking research was conducted at RAND.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-190) and index.

This professional memoir describes RAND's contributions to the evolution of computer science, particularly during the first decades following World War II, when digital computers succeeded slide rules, mechanical desk calculators, electric accounting machines, and analog computers. The memoir includes photographs and vignettes that reveal the collegial, creative, and often playful spirit in which the groundbreaking research was conducted at RAND.

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Introduction -- The Department -- RAND's First Computer People -- RAND's Early Computers -- A Building for People with Computers -- Project Essays -- Lore, Snippets, and Snapshots -- Epilogue.

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