The Soul of A New Machine

The Soul of A New Machine

Book - 1982
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Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine, the compelling account of the inventors of a new mini-supercomputer for the young Data General company, is the best chronicle of the computer age and the extraordinary people who have created it. A compelling account of individual sacrifice and ingenuity, it became an instant classic on publication and won a Pulitzer Prize. The Wall Street Journal described it as "fascinating" and "provocative", and The New York Times Book Review praised its "high level of narrative art". This Modern Library edition includes a new introduction by Tracy Kidder. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Avon, c1982, c1981.
ISBN: 9780380599318
Branch Call Number: TK7885.4 .K53 1982
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 18 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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