The Soul of A New Machine

The Soul of A New Machine

Book - 2000
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Tracy Kidder's "riveting" ( Washington Post ) story of one company's efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and has become essential reading for understanding the history of the American tech industry. Computers have changed since 1981, when The Soul of a New Machine first examined the culture of the computer revolution. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations.
The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century. "Fascinating...A surprisingly gripping account of people at work." -- Wall Street Journal
Publisher: New York :, Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company,, 2000, ©1981.
Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780316491976
Branch Call Number: 621. 3819582 KID
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 21 cm


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franburch Sep 20, 2015

Read this when it was the pick for the Science Friday Book Club. Some retro good fun to be had as it was written in the early 1980s.

Mar 13, 2012

The author follows Data General Corporation's development of a 32-bit minicomputer to compete with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). An easy read and a nice bit of nostalgia for anyone who has worked with computers since the 80's or longer. There's an interesting debate over the merits of physical hardware vs software solutions which is pertinent to today's hype over virtualization. Note the minor reference that I'm sure contributed to the plot of Good Will Hunting.

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