By Thomas J. Misa
Accounts of the early occasions of the computing industry—the Turing computer, the big Colossus, the ENIAC computer—are well-told stories, and both renowned is the later emergence of Silicon Valley and the increase of the non-public computing device. but there's a rare untold center history—with deep roots in Minnesota. From the top of worldwide warfare II throughout the Nineteen Seventies, Minnesota used to be domestic to the 1st computing-centered business district within the world.
Drawing on infrequent archival files, pictures, and a wealth of oral histories, Digital kingdom unveils the extraordinary tale of desktop improvement within the heartland after global warfare II. those many years stumbled on corporations—concentrated largely in Minnesota—designing cutting-edge mainframe applied sciences, revolutionizing new equipment of magnetic facts garage, and, for the 1st time, actually integrating software program and into important items for the yank govt and public. Minnesota-based businesses akin to Engineering learn affiliates, Univac, regulate information, Cray examine, Honeywell, and IBM Rochester have been significant foreign gamers and jointly shaped an unmatched epicenter advancing electronic applied sciences. those businesses not just introduced brilliant financial development to Minnesota, they nurtured the state’s present-day scientific equipment and software program industries and probably even tomorrow’s nanotechnology.
Thomas J. Misa’s groundbreaking historical past exhibits how Minnesota well-known and embraced the arrival details age via its modern businesses, its team, and its favourite associations. Digital State finds the internal workings of the start of the electronic age in Minnesota and what we will be able to research from this period of sustained innovation.
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Digital State: The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry by Thomas J. Misa