The History of the Computer book review | People, Inventions, and Technology that Changed Our World

The History of the Computer by Rachel Ignotofsky
128 pages
publishes May 17th, 2022

A strikingly illustrated overview of the computing machines that have changed our world—from the abacus to the smartphone—and the people who made them, by the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Science.

Computers are everywhere and have impacted our lives in so many ways. But who created them, and why? How have they transformed the way that we interact with our surroundings and each other?

 Packed with accessible information, fun facts, and discussion starters, this charming and art-filled book takes you from the ancient world to the modern day, focusing on important inventions, from the earliest known counting systems to the sophisticated algorithms behind AI. The History of the Computer also profiles a diverse range of key players and creators—from An Wang and Margaret Hamilton to Steve Jobs and Sir Tim Berners-Lee—and illuminates their goals, their intentions, and the impact of their inventions on our everyday lives.  

This entertaining and educational journey will help you understand our most important machines and how we can use them to enhance the way we live. You’ll never look at your phone the same way again!

This is a delightful, illustrated coffee table book. You’ll know Rachel Ignotofsky’s books and work from the WOMEN IN SCIENCE series, including books and posters and even a puzzle! This could be a picture book for children, but it could also be a book that you pick up and page through in a moment of quiet, or when you’re frustrated with your computer and need some time to breathe. It’s a nice little nonfiction book, and yes, it does talk about Ada Lovelace. I recommend picking it up! Five stars.

Bookshop link here.

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