Rachel Ignotofsky: The History of the Computer


Author/illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky returns to the Raven stage to show off her gorgeous new book THE HISTORY OF THE COMPUTER


A strikingly illustrated overview of the computing machines that have changed our worldfrom the abacus to the smartphoneand the people who made them, by the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Science.

Computers are everywhere and have impacted our lives in so many ways. But who created them, and why? How have they transformed the way we interact with our surroundings and each other?

Packed with accessible information, fun facts, and discussion starters, this charming and art-filled book takes you from the ancient world to the modern day, focusing on important inventions from the earliest known counting systems  to the sophisticated algorithms behind AI. The History of the Computer also profiles a diverse range of key players and creators—from An Wang and Margaret Hamilton to Steve Jobs and Tim Berners-Lee—and illuminates their goals, their intentions, and the impact of their inventions on our everyday lives.

This entertaining and educational journey will help you understand our most important machines and how we can use them to enhance the way we live. You'll never look at your phone the same way again!


Rachel Ignotofsky is a New York Times bestselling author, illustrator, and designer. Rachel and her work have been featured in many print and online media outlets such as the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesScientific AmericanScience FridayBrain Pickings, and more. She is the author of Women in ScienceWomen in Sports, Women in Art, I Love Science, and The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth. She is a graduate of Tyler School of Art's graphic design program.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 5:00pm
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The History of the Computer: People, Inventions, and Technology that Changed Our World By Rachel Ignotofsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984857422
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: Ten Speed Press - May 17th, 2022

A strikingly illustrated overview of the computing machines that have changed our world—from the abacus to the smartphone—and the people who made them, by the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Science.

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