Over the past fifty years, most of computer science's important inventions have come from innovators who aren't exactly household names. Out of Their Minds
describes the lives and discoveries of fifteen unsung computer scientists whose programs have done everything from help engineers manage factories to help cartoonists animate their characters. This well-paced book spans the varied disciplines of computer science and challenges the reader to think about still-unsolved questions: how can we build a computer that works like the human brain, how can we boost the speed of computation, and where all that intelligence and power will take the industry over the next fifty years.
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"...Dennis Shasha and Cathy Lazere have written a friendly and informative guide to a group of scientists who have...greatly shaped the world we take for granted." -Chris Goodrich -- Los Angeles Times
"A fascinating collection of profiles and interviews with some of the men...who brought us [to the computer age]." -L.R. Shannon -- The New York Times
... lucidly written, consistently interesting, full of beautiful insights, examples, and stories, and generally inspiring. Also, lots of fun. -- David Gelernter, Yale University