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The Resource Jacquard's web : how a hand-loom led to the birth of the information age, by James Essinger, (electronic resource)

Jacquard's web : how a hand-loom led to the birth of the information age, by James Essinger, (electronic resource)

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Jacquard's web : how a hand-loom led to the birth of the information age
Title
Jacquard's web
Title remainder
how a hand-loom led to the birth of the information age
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by James Essinger
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eng
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CaPaEBR
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1957-
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Essinger, James
LC call number
QA76.17
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.E88 2007eb
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ebrary, Inc
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  • Jacquard, Joseph-Marie
  • Computing
  • Calculators
  • Jacquard knitting machines
  • Information technology
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Jacquard's Web is the story of some of the most ingenious inventors the world has ever known, a fascinating account of how a hand-loom invented in Napoleonic France led to the development of the modern information age. James Essinger, a master story-teller, shows through a series of remarkableand meticulously researched historical connections (spanning two centuries and never investigated before) that the Jacquard loom kick-started a process of scientific evolution which would lead directly to the development of the modern computer. The invention of Jacquard's loom in 1804 enabled the master silk-weavers of Lyons to weave fabrics 25 times faster than had previously been possible. The device used punched cards, which stored instructions for weaving whatever pattern or design was required; it proved an outstanding success. Thesecards can very reasonably be described as the world's first computer programmes. In this engaging and delightful book, James Essinger reveals a plethora of extraordinary links between the nineteenth-century world of weaving and today's computer age: to give just one example, modern computer graphics displays are based on exactly the same principles as those employed inJacquard's special woven tableaux. Jacquard's Web also introduces some of the most colourful and interesting characters in the history of science and technology: the modest but exceptionally dedicated Jacquard himself, the brilliant but temperamental Victorian polymath Charles Babbage, who dreamt ofa cogwheel computer operated using Jacquard cards, and the imaginative and perceptive Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's only legitimate daughter
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Jacquard's web : how a hand-loom led to the birth of the information age, by James Essinger, (electronic resource)
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First published: 2004
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-293) and index
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OCM1bookssj0000184834
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unknown
Isbn
9780192805782
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(pbk)
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remote
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(WaSeSS)bookssj0000184834
Label
Jacquard's web : how a hand-loom led to the birth of the information age, by James Essinger, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
First published: 2004
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-293) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000184834
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780192805782
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000184834

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