9780192805775

Jacquard's Web How a Hand-Loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age

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    9780192805775

  • ISBN10:

    0192805770

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-12-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Jacquard's Web tells one of the greatest untold stories of science: how Joseph-Marie Jacquard, a master silk-weaver in Napoleonic France, invented a loom that was to spark the beginning of today's information age. The revolutionary Jacquard loom could create beautiful fabrics many times faster than had previously been possible, using a system of punched cards - now rightly viewed as the world's first computer programs - to store instructions for patterns and designs. In this fascinating and engaging tale, James Essinger traces the 200-year evolution of Jacquard's idea from the studios of eighteenth-century French weavers, through the Industrial Revolution, to the information revolution of the twentieth century and to the billions of desktop computers we rely on around the world today. Book jacket.

Author Biography


James Essinger is a freelance writer living in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix
1 The engraving that wasn't
2 A better mousetrap
7(12)
3 The son of a master-weaver
19(8)
4 The Emperor's new clothes
27(18)
5 From weaving to computing
45(20)
6 The Difference Engine
65(16)
7 The Analytical Engine
81(18)
8 A question of faith and funding
99(20)
9 The lady who loved the Jacquard loom
119(30)
10 A crisis with the American Census 149(10)
11 The first Jacquard looms that wove information 159(20)
12 The birth of IBM 179(16)
13 The Thomas Watson phenomenon 195(10)
14 Howard Aiken dreams of a computer 205(14)
15 IBM and the Harvard Mark I 219(20)
16 Weaving at the speed of light 239(14)
17 The future 253(12)
Appendix 1: Charles Babbage's vindication 265(5)
Appendix 2: Ada Lovelace's letter to Charles Babbage, 14 August 1843 270(7)
Appendix 3: How the Jacquard loom worked 277(6)
Acknowledgements 283(4)
Notes on sources 287(2)
Bibliography 289(6)
Index 295

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