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Jacquard's Web How a Hand-loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age
Jacquard's Web How a Hand-loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age
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  • ISBN-13: 9780192805782
  • ISBN: 0192805789
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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated

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Circuits from silk? Today's technophiles probably have no idea how much today's computer technology owes to the invention of one ingenuous textile manufacturer in nineteenth-century France. Here, master storyteller James Essinger shows through a series of remarkable and meticulously researched historical connections how the Jacquard loom kick-started a process of scientific evolution which would lead directly to the development of the modern computer. Jacquard's 1804 invention, a loom which used punch cards with stored instructions for weaving different patterns and designs, enabled the master silk-weavers of Lyons to weave fabrics 25 times faster than the competition. Here, Essinger reveals the plethora of extraordinary links between that innovation in weaving and today's computer age, introducing us to the intriguing and colorful people who paved the way. The book concludes by bringing the story completely up-to-date with the latest developments in the World Wide Web and the fascinating phenomenon of artificial intelligence. Attractively illustrated and compellingly narrated, Jacquard's Web presents an eye-opening and scarcely known history that will prove fascinating to readers of popular science, especially those interested in the history of science, technology, and computing, as well as professional scientists, historians, and students.Essinger, James is the author of 'Jacquard's Web How a Hand-loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age', published 2007 under ISBN 9780192805782 and ISBN 0192805789.

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