Columbia University Press NY 1982, first edition.
Condition: Very Good+ hardcover in Very Good dustjacket & clear protective jacket cover; lightly bumped corners, internally clean & sound, binding is tight. 418 pages, Notes, Index, Bibliography, photographs.
Item DescriptionContents include Discovering the Census Problem; Instructor at M.I.T.; Grounding as a Patent Expert; Experiments with Air Brakes; Trials for a Census System; 1890 Beating the Mills of the Gods; Taking the Census Abroad; Setting up Shop in Georgetown; Railroad Experiments; Persuading the Russians; Taking on the Central; The Russian Census;
The Tabulating Machine Company; 1900 Putting Information on the Assembly Line; Probing the Commercial Market; Getting Started in Britain; 'My Row with North'; Commercial Success; An Unusual Competitor - the Government; Enter Mr. Powers; Growing Impasse;
Tabulating Machine Co. v. Durand; Hollerith Sells Out; A Life of Leisure; The Rise of IBM.
Lively & absorbing study of Herman Hollerith, inventor & entrepreneur, whose punched card tabulating machinery helped government & industry - for the first time -- to process large quantities of information in an economical & timesaving way. A fascinating introduction to the early days of the computer age as seen through the life & works of one of its great pioneers.