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The Closed World Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America

by Paul N. Edwards

  • ISBN: 9780262550284
  • ISBN10: 0262550288

The Closed World Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America

by Paul N. Edwards

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780262550284
  • ISBN10: 0262550288
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Description: The Closed World offers a radically new alternative to the canonical histories of computers and cognitive science. Integrating political, cultural, and technological history, it argues that we can make sense of computers as tools only when we simultaneously grasp their roles as metaphors and political icons.

In this extended exploration of the relations of science and engineering to the evolution of modern society, Paul Edwards argues that what people have said, thought, and experienced through computers -- as reflections of the nature of their minds; as solutions to political, commercial, and military problems; as icons of rationality -- is as significant as anything computers have actually accomplished. Social and cultural context has shaped the growth of computer technology as much as it has been shaped by it.

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