|The author with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak|
The book is a history of the computer concluding with a look over the horizon at what may come in the near and not so near future. The book uses Alan Turing’s idea of the computer as a “universal machine” as its unifying theme. The computer is unlike other inventions in that it is universal in the sense that you can use a computer to do many different tasks: write documents, compose music, design buildings, create movies, inhabit virtual worlds, play games, communicate with friends...
Listen to a radio interview that I gave recently on Radio New Zealand's National Programme about the book (click here for alternate formats to stream or download).
The readers of this book are a general readership from teenagers to adults with an interest in computing, science, history and society. The book sits along side popular science titles but is also be suitable as an introductory text book for those studying history of computing courses.