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The Supermen

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"After a rare speech at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, in 1976, programmers in the audience had suddenly fallen silent when Cray offered to answer questions. He stood there for several minutes, waiting for their queries, but none came. When he left, the head of NCARs computing division chided the programmers. Why didn't someone raise a hand? After a tense moment, one programmer replied, How do you talk to God?" taken from The SUPERMEN The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards behind the Supercomputer.

"They were building revolutionary, not evolutionary, machines. . . . They were blazing a trail-moulding science into a product. . . . The freedom to create was extraordinary." - from The Supermen.

In 1951, a soft-spoken, skinny young man fresh from the University of Minnesota took a job in an old glider factory in St. Paul. Computer technology would never be the same, for the glider factory was the home of Engineering Research Associates and the recent college grad was Seymour R. Cray. During his extraordinary career, Cray would be alternately hailed as "the Albert Einstein," "the Thomas Edison," and "the Evel Knievel" of super-computing. At various times, he was all three - a master craftsman, inventor, and visionary whose disdain for the rigours of corporate life became legendary, and whose achievements remain unsurpassed.

The Supermen is award-winning writer Charles J. Murray's exhilarating account of how the brilliant - some would say eccentric - Cray and his gifted colleagues blazed the trail that led to the Information Age.

Item details

Author(s):
Murray Charles J.
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0471048852
ISBN-13:
9780471048855
Number of pages:
232
Publisher:
John Wiley
Title:
The Supermen

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"After a rare speech at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, in 1976, programmers in the audience had suddenly fallen silent when Cray offered to answer questions. He stood there for several minutes, waiting for their queries, but none came. When he left, the head of NCARs computing division chided the programmers. Why didn't someone raise a hand? After a tense moment, one programmer replied, How do you talk to God?" taken from The SUPERMEN The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards behind the Supercomputer.

"They were building revolutionary, not evolutionary, machines. . . . They were blazing a trail-moulding science into a product. . . . The freedom to create was extraordinary." - from The Supermen.

In 1951, a soft-spoken, skinny young man fresh from the University of Minnesota took a job in an old glider factory in St. Paul. Computer technology would never be the same, for the glider factory was the home of Engineering Research Associates and the recent college grad was Seymour R. Cray. During his extraordinary career, Cray would be alternately hailed as "the Albert Einstein," "the Thomas Edison," and "the Evel Knievel" of super-computing. At various times, he was all three - a master craftsman, inventor, and visionary whose disdain for the rigours of corporate life became legendary, and whose achievements remain unsurpassed.

The Supermen is award-winning writer Charles J. Murray's exhilarating account of how the brilliant - some would say eccentric - Cray and his gifted colleagues blazed the trail that led to the Information Age.

Author(s):
Murray Charles J.
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0471048852
ISBN-13:
9780471048855
Number of pages:
232
Publisher:
John Wiley
Title:
The Supermen

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