CUP to publish 'origins of computer science'

CUP to publish 'origins of computer science'

Cambridge University Press is to publish a book which tells the story of computer science, including sections on the origins of PCs, smart phones and games, and key issues surrounding online security, hacking and cyber-warfare.
 
Senior mathematics and computer science editor, Lauren Cowles, signed world rights to The Computing Universe: A Journey Through a Revolution direct from co-authors Tony Hey and Gyuri Papay.
 
Cowles said: “The story of how computing evolved in less than a century to be the defining attribute of the modern world is extraordinary. This will be the first book that describes this transformation and Tony is perfectly placed to tell the whole fascinating story.”
 
Inspired by Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman’s lectures on computer science which brought the subject to a popular audience in the early 1980s, The Computing Universe attempts to provide general readers with an accessible and entertaining account of how computers work, as well as a look at the vast scope of activities that have been enabled by networks of interconnected computers.
 
Hey is vice president of Microsoft Research Connections and is responsible for worldwide research and technical computing strategy across Microsoft Corporation. His previous works include The New Quantum Universe and Einstein’s Mirror (both CUP) and edited The Feynman Lectures on Computation (Westview Press).  His co-author, Papay, is a senior research fellow at the IT Innovations Centre at Southampton University.
 
 
Hey said: “The digital revolution is changing the world dramatically and everyone should have an appreciation of how we have got to where are now and where we are likely to be going in the future. I felt there was a need for a ‘popular’ level book about the milestones of computing technology and of the people who created the modern world of IT. I am excited to be again working with Cambridge University Press, one of the best academic publishers in the world, to make this vision a reality.”
 
CUP will publish The Computing Universe on November 20th 2014 at a price of £23.99.