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The Soul of A New Machine

The Soul of a New Machine” by Tracy Kidder is a non-fiction book published in 1981 that explores the world of computer engineering and the intense effort involved in creating a new computer at Data General Corporation during the late 1970s. The book focuses on the development of the Eclipse MV/8000, a minicomputer designed to compete in the rapidly evolving computer industry. Kidder provides a detailed, narrative account of the challenges, technical battles, and personal dedication of the engineering team led by Tom West.

Kidder delves into the lives of the engineers, portraying their passion, the pressure they faced, and the innovative approaches they took to solve complex problems. The book captures the essence of what it means to be deeply involved in the creative process of technology development, highlighting the emotional and intellectual challenges encountered by the team.

The Soul of a New Machine” is celebrated for its insightful look into the culture of computer engineering, the nature of innovation, and the human element behind technological advancements. It won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for its engaging storytelling and exploration of the drive to create. Through Kidder’s narrative, the reader gains an appreciation for the dedication required to push the boundaries of technology and the personal sacrifices made by those at the forefront of the digital revolution.

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