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dc.contributor.authorRobertson, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-10T14:12:04Z
dc.date.available2021-02-10T14:12:04Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/42726
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/33882
dc.description.abstract"The idea that the digital age has revolutionized our day-to-day experience of the world is nothing new, and has been amply recognized by cultural historians. In contrast, Stephen Robertson’s BC: Before Computers is a work which questions the idea that the mid-twentieth century saw a single moment of rupture. It is about all the things that we had to learn, invent, and understand – all the ways we had to evolve our thinking – before we could enter the information technology revolution of the second half of the twentieth century. Its focus ranges from the beginnings of data processing, right back to such originary forms of human technology as the development of writing systems, gathering a whole history of revolutionary moments in the development of information technologies into a single, although not linear narrative. Treading the line between philosophy and technical history, Robertson draws on his extensive technical knowledge to produce a text which is both thought-provoking and accessible to a wide range of readers. The book is wide in scope, exploring the development of technologies in such diverse areas as cryptography, visual art and music, and the postal system. Through all this, it does not simply aim to tell the story of computer developments but to show that those developments rely on a long history of humans creating technologies for increasingly sophisticated methods of manipulating information. Through a clear structure and engaging style, it brings together a wealth of informative and conceptual explorations into the history of human technologies, and avoids assumptions about any prior knowledge on the part of the reader. As such, it has the potential to be of interest to the expert and the general reader alike."
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::U Computing & information technology
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::G Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects::GP Research & information: general::GPF Information theory
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JN Education::JNV Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::B Biography & True Stories
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::U Computing & information technology::UB Information technology: general issues
dc.subject.otherhistory of computer developments
dc.subject.otherdigital age
dc.subject.othercomputer
dc.subject.otherinformation technology revolution
dc.subject.otherdata processing
dc.subject.othercryptography
dc.subject.othervisual art
dc.subject.othermusic
dc.subject.otherpostal system
dc.titleB C, Before Computers
dc.title.alternativeOn Information Technology from Writing to the Age of Digital Data
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.11647/OBP.0225
oapen.relation.isPublishedByb014b543-78bd-4c3b-bc71-b68e2ac855b9
oapen.relation.isbn978180064290
oapen.relation.isbn9781800640306
oapen.relation.isbn9781800641044
oapen.relation.isbn9781800641051
oapen.relation.isbn9781800641068
oapen.collectionScholarLed
oapen.pages170
dc.dateSubmitted2020-10-28T10:00:31Z


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