John Wiley and Sons, NY 1967; 638 pages, index, illustrations.
Condition: Very Good blue cloth hardcover in Very Good blue and white dustjacket, some edgewear to jacket, corners rubbed. Bookplate of Pritsker on front pastedown, gummy remains beneath the bookplate.THe binding is sound and secure, the pages are clean, unmarked.
Categories: 1960's computers and computing, Computer Science, Computers and Society, General Histories and References, Hardware, Human-Computer Interaction, Minicomputers, Programming and Programming Languages, General Programming, Philosophy of Programming, Word Processing, Data Processing
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Item Description'Concerned with the historical origins, present 1967 status and prospects of computer-assisted experimental methodology for scientific design and development of computer-based systems...Introduces man-machine digital systems through leading concepts and concrete examples, drawn from air defense, manned spaceflight, time-shared computing facilities, etc); and offers an initial theory and philosophy for scientific development and humanistic control of man-machine digital systems...' (from the jacket flap)
Includes, Human Evolution toward Computer-serviced societies; Introduction to Man-Machine Digital Systems (examples of; time-shared computing systems, more);
Evolution of SAGE as a Prototype Man-Machine Digital System - historical development of Air Defense Systems; general characteristics of SAGE:
Division of Labor between Men and the Computer in SAGE -- human functions; computer program functions; man-computer communication; to automate or not to automate;
Experimental Method in man-machine digital systems; Real Time -- historical perspective on real-time; realtime data processing; manned spaceflight - a case history in realtime system evolution; more
Simulation and Training - evolution of astronaut training in manned spaceflight; a decade of computer-based system training in air defense; early history of SAGE realtime system testing; Man-Computer Dialogue; Collection and analysis of digital data; Theory, Philosophy and Social Prospects of Man-Machine digital systems; Computers, the Scientific Spirit, and evolving Society; much more
Includes References at ends of each chapter; glossary, index, foldout illustrations, more.