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The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise

Nathan L. Ensmenger


This is a book about the computer revolution of the mid-twentieth century and the people who made it possible. Unlike most histories of computing, it is not a book about machines, inventors, or entrepreneurs. Instead, the book tells the story of the vast but largely anonymous legions of computer specialists—programmers, systems analysts, and other software developers—who transformed the electronic computer from a scientific curiosity into the defining technology of the modern era. As the systems that they built became increasingly powerful and ubiquitous, these specialists became the focus of ... More

Keywords: computer revolution, computing, computer specialists, programmers, systems analysts, software developers, electronic computer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262050937
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan L. Ensmenger, author