“Tony Hey has made significant contributions to both physics and computer science and with The Computing Universe he and his co-author share the knowledge and history that has inspired us all...”
Bill Gates
“As a child I was inspired by just such a book that laid out before me all sorts of tempting topics to investigate. Here the authors present a cogent history of computing that clearly points to the exciting next steps in the field. It will surely increase the interest of students in computing and information science.”
John Hopcroft
Turing Award Winner
“In this lavishly illustrated and refreshingly nonlinear introduction to the people, ideas, machines, and codes that ushered us into the age of computation, Tony Hey and Gyuri Pápay have assembled a comprehensive, authoritative, and nonpartisan account of how we got here, combined with much useful insight into how computers work and what may lie ahead. Although filling a conspicuous need for an introduction to computer science for non-scientists, all scientists - including computer scientists - will find this an illuminating book.”
George Dyson
“The Computing Universe takes the reader on a panoramic journey through the world of digital computing. Using clear but nontechnical language it explains the technological breakthroughs, the fundamental concepts and the future prospects of the digital revolution. It is a work of considerable depth and scholarship, brought to life by many interesting historical vignettes and entertaining anecdotes.”
Richard Karp
Turing Award Winner
“I recommend the book as a highly readable account of the fascinating ideas of Computer Science, and the fascinating people who invented them.”
Tony Hoare
Turing Award Winner
“An engaging, colourful, and reliable introduction to computer science. This book would be ideal background reading for junior undergraduates, those thinking about studying computing, and for all scientifically-minded citizens who want a comprehensive and balanced account of the development and practice of computer science.”
Martin Campbell-Kelly
Historian of Computer Science, Warwick University
“Tony Hey has done for computer science what he had previously done for physics: produced a comprehensive and wonderfully readable guide to the field. The breadth of topics is amazing - from the early history of Babbage and Turing, to topics of today such as botnets and machine learning, to things on the horizon including quantum computing and synthetic biology. Even an essay on computers in science fiction! There's something here for everyone, from the interested novice to the seasoned computer professional. Each chapter is full of fascinating facts that lend texture and color to the evolution of this 'change the world' field.”
Ed Lazowska
Professor of Computer Science, University of Washington
“Tony Hey and Gyuri Pápay have made a major contribution to computing history. This is a must-read for fans of history in any field, and it will absolutely stand the test of time.”
John Hollar
Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California
“The 'desert island' complete companion for explorers of the 'computing universe' - encyclopedic accounts of the hundreds of concept stories from origin(ators) to the future.”
Gordon Bell
“I like the book very, very much. It’s amazing how much material the authors manage to pack in, with an engaging and not very technical style.”
Butler Lampson
Turing Award Winner
“This book will appeal to a wide variety of readers, from those with a general interest in Computing to students at school and university studying Computer Science. For students and their teachers, this book gives us the 'background reading' that puts everything into perspective, all in one place. The historical perspective on how we got to the technology we have today is absolutely fascinating and is told through the people that made it happen. However from a teacher’s perspective, it is the contextualisation of so many key Computing concepts such as algorithmic complexity, Turing machines, graphing algorithms, encryption, parallel computing, etc. that is the most useful aspect of this book. For anybody who thought that Computing at school was only about computer programming, this book really illustrates the depth and breadth of this fascinating subject.”
Sue Sentance
Computing At School, UK
“Readers will come away with a broad and modern perspective on the big ideas in computing, and also a deep immersion into the culture of computing and the things that computing professionals like to think about.”
Hal Abelson
Professor at MIT
“This is a highly engaging book, which will be greatly valued by both computer scientists and the general reader alike. It fills a longstanding lacuna in the literature, ably covering the history and evolution of computers and computing, leading to the modern subject known as computer science. It shows how closely the development of computer science is interleaved with our wider understanding of the world we inhabit. The book will undoubtedly prove to be a source of inspiration for future generations of computer and computational scientists.”
Peter Coveney
Director of the Centre for Computational Science, UCL