Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 March 2007

316 Pages | 30 halftones


ISBN: 9780192805782

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Jacquard's Web

How a hand-loom led to the birth of the information age

James Essinger

  • A fascinating look at the previously uninvestigated story of a how a loom invented 200 years ago led to the development of the computer age
  • Provides a new perspective on the history of computing and information technology
  • Full of interesting and colourful characters: the modest but dedicated Joseph-Marie Jacquard, the brilliant but temperamental polymath Charles Babbage, and the imaginative and perceptive Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter
  • Contains much compelling new material that has never been published for a general readership until now