One Digital Day: How the Microchip is Changing Our World 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0812930313
ISBN-10: 0812930312
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From School Library Journal

YA-Sponsored by the Intel Corporation, this series entry is written in veneration of the microprocessor. More than just a humble chip of silicon, it has become a sometimes invisible but indispensable feature of daily life in the global community. According to the introduction, "Today there are nearly 15 billion microchips of some kind in use-the equivalent of 2 powerful computers for every man, woman and child on the planet." Photos illustrate their uses in everything from laptop computers to automobiles, from telephones to refrigerators. One interesting picture shows illiterate elderly South Africans receiving government pensions following identity verification by fingerprint scan. Another shows businessmen in traffic-strangled Bangkok completing their work in mobile taxicab offices, then delivering finished products by cellular-dispatched motorcycle messengers. The volume records countless other uses for the microchip from entertainment to medicine, with more advances being developed hourly. With such a dizzying rate of technological evolution, this beautiful photo-essay will soon become little more than a glimpse into the archaic past. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating and thought-provoking glimpse.
Robin Deffendall, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Photojournalist Smolan and partner Erwitt (creators of the "Day in the Life" series and 24 Hours in Cyberspace, LJ 11/1/96) are back for a bow with One Digital Day, born on July 11, 1997, when 100 professional photographers scoured the globe to document how the microchip has transformed human culture with great speed and pervasiveness. Smolan and Erwitt have achieved their goal in grand style, using many full-page photos and spare text to ease that premise home. Favorite moments include the electronic dressing rooms of the New World Department Store in Shanghai and the amazing and very bionic Oklahoma City volunteer fire chief Ken Whitten, but for pure glee nothing quite matches the shot of Army Lieutenant Frank Holmes, mugging for his wife and newborn, linked by computer from his station in Bosnia to the desktop of his loved ones in North Carolina. Recommended for all public libraries.?Geoff Rotunno, "Tri-Mix" Magazine, Goleta, CA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product details

  • Publisher : Crown Business; 1st edition (April 28, 1998)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 223 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0812930312
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0812930313
  • Item Weight : 4.8 pounds
  • Dimensions : 10.5 x 1.25 x 14.75 inches
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