McGraw-Hill Book Co, NY 1967; 336 pages, Index, diagrams, photographs, References.
Condition: Very Good tan cloth hardcover in Good+ light green and white dustjacket and clear acetate glassine jacket protector. Ex technical library with some rubberstamps on pastedowns. Jacket illustration line drawing of computer terminal with oldfashioned acoustic coupler modem, remote system etc. Jacket shows some edgetears, edgewear and rubbing at folds; tape and label stain on lower spine of jacket. Binding is square and tight, pages clean, unmarked.
Categories: 1960's computers and computing, Computer Science, Computers and Society, Databooks, Handbooks, Manuals, General Histories and References, Hardware, Human-Computer Interaction, Minicomputers, Programming and Programming Languages, General Programming, Philosophy of Programming, Technical Journals, Proceedings, Conferences, Miscellaneous, Word Processing, Data Processing
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Item DescriptionIn-depth perspective of the time-shared computer field, with particular emphasis on the man-computer relationship; detailed descriptions of on-line techniques as applied in five major scientific and technical areas. Each of the 11 parts of the text was prepared by a recognized expert in the field and the approach in each chapter is one of indepth analysis rather than a general survey.
For example, in discussing the organization of online systems, a detailed description of one important commercial system, the Control Data 6600, is provided; other important on-line systems such as General Electric's Datanet, IBM's QUICKTRAN, and MIT's Project MAC receive some mention but the focus is not on the relative importance of the systems, rather on choosing one to give an indepth treatment.
Sections include -- On-Line Systems -- system analysis and design; Graphic Data input-output equipment; the economics of on-line systems; physiological and psychological considerations; Applications -- solving mathematical problems; solving design problems in graphical dialogue; Computing in a strategic command system environment; A theory for File Organization; sociological considerations Appendix -- user's manual for an on-line system.