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Go To...is smooth, creamy, entertaining...delightful. It is a sort of Iliad for the computer age. --David Gelernter, New York Times. In Go To, Steve Lohr chronicles the history of software from the early days of complex mathematical codes mastered by a few thousand to today's era of user-friendly software and over six million professional programmers worldwide. Lohr maps out the unique seductions of programming, and gives us an intimate portrait of the peculiar kind of genius that is drawn to this blend of art, science, and engineering, introducing us to the movers and shakers of the 1950s and the open-source movement of today. With original reporting and deft storytelling, Steve Lohr shows us how software transformed the world, and what it holds in store for our future.
- Pages: 272
- Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9780465042265
- Category: Computers
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