Coming Out of the Close
Character SketchesEdwards' research results in interesting character sketches of a number of famous folks:
Edwards also includes very interesting background material on the circumstances and people surrounding the development of the first mainframe computers: ENIAC, the SAGE computerized air defense system, the MARK III, and the UNIVAC. He also gives a good overview of the technological progression of computers from programming by punch cards and tapes, through mainframe timesharing and menu interfaces, onward to sixth generation virtual reality computing systems.
Part of this history includes the battle among technologists and academics over analog vs. digital computers.