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The Computer. A History from the 17th Century to Today

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From analog to digital, mainframes to mobile phones—with photos, ads, and concept drawings of inventions that ushered in the digital era, this visual survey of the Information Age reveals how the computer and the Internet irreversibly transformed our world.
Hardcover9.7 x 14.6 in.8.58 lb472 pages

“An addicting illustrated history of the first “thinking” machines, to our all-digital now. Maps of Silicon Valley, early Super Mario design, thumbnail biographies of pioneers, a photo of the first “bug” (an actual moth). It’s a museum exhibit of sorts, held between covers.”

Chicago Tribune

“Four kilos of wonder and remembering.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

“Covering everything from room-sized mainframe computers up to today’s personal devices.”

Design Week

“There's no denying its sheer quality.”

Retro Gamer

“As handsome as it is imposing.”


The Computer lays out, in glorious detail, the last 300 years of technological progress.”

Creative Review

“[This] history of how we went from the calculating machines of the 19th century to the miniature wearable tech of today is packed with visionaries and pioneers.”

The Telegraph

“Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.”

Steve Jobs

“…a monumental survey… The Computer is a richly illustrated history of society’s ever-evolving relationship with the silicon chip.”


“…an engaging and visually captivating book that takes readers on a journey through the evolution of computing and its profound impact on society.”

XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
The Computer

The Computer


In the Beginning Was the Computer

A history from early calculating machines to today

The story of the evolution of machines in computer history is full of the disruptive innovations that have led to today’s world. From the early beginnings of computing to the bulky mainframe to the personal computer era, we now live in an almost entirely digital age.

The Computer explores steps from the first ideas of a calculating machine in the 19th century and early experiments with autonomous driving in the 1920s to oversized office computers in the 1950s to laptops and wearables of today. Jens Müller delivers a visual understanding of the emergence of the Information Age that hasn’t been shown before. Tracing the stories of tech visionaries, pioneers, and entrepreneurs, the book combines compelling visuals, historical documents, and in-depth explanations to reveal significant events in computer history. Encompassing the invention of machines, coding, and software development, as well as technology's influence on today's political landscape.

This survey presents creations from Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs. Showcasing forgotten gadgets and prototypes connecting iconic products such as the Apple Macintosh and the Sony Play Station. As well as remembering milestones in software development, videogaming, and the web. Infographics explain wireless communication and other fundamental technical concepts, while the history of corporations such as IBM, Apple, Microsoft, Atari, Amazon, and Google is retraced through rare photographs and advertising campaigns.

A fascinating read, this book acknowledges the computer’s stupendous power and social impact. For techies and everyone interested in culture, economics, politics, and science, it illustrates how we got here today and helps us ask better questions about where we will be tomorrow.
The author

Jens Müller was born in Koblenz, Germany, in 1982 and studied graphic design. Recipient of numerous national and international design awards, he is creative director of Vista design studio in Düsseldorf and professor of corporate design at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

The Computer. A History from the 17th Century to Today
Hardcover24.6 x 37.2 cm3.89 kg472 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7334-4

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)

ISBN 978-3-8365-7335-1

Edition: Multilingual (English, Italian, Spanish)
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14 Ratings

Very happy with it!

Jason M.,March 26, 2024
I am very happy with this product. The delivery was nicely packaged and arrived very fast to me in Ireland. The book itself is of fantastic quality, for its XL size as well. I really love the top quality of the page and the content itself is fascinating. I will come back to review the reading, but as for the book itself I am very pleased! I see some reviewers were picky about what was included and not in this edition. I can only say that they should reach out to Taschen and ask that inclusions be made in future editions. But for me that just wants an overview of the history of the Computer and its evolution, I was satisfied. I just hope those changes are made in future editions to make a happier reading audience that have more knowledge in these areas. But I can also say that you can't make everyone happy no matter how you approach it. Thank you Taschen, I have faith for more awesome stunning books in future!

Catherine B.,April 6, 2024
Well packaged to prevent any damage. Beautiful book

This is GREAT!

E. G.,October 25, 2023
Very well done. Fun to just look at.

besser geht's kaum

Jens K.,October 20, 2023
dreisprachiger Bildband (E,D,Fr). extrem umfangreicher "Ritt durch die Geschichte" der Datenverarbeitung und elektr(on)ischen Kommunikation etc.; alles textlich nur kurz angerissen aber auch fast alles abgedeckt. Layout und Illustration phantastisch bis hin zu mehreren CAD-Nachbildungen berühmter Geräte z.T. über die Doppelseite. Qualtität der Darstellungen sehr hoch, aufwändig gemacht - diesbezüglich ein Meilenstein. Für alle, die bereits Bildbände hierzu haben und die Geschichte schon kennen, ist das Buch trotzdem ein "must have".


ewaldomaro,October 16, 2023
5 Sterne sind zu wenig !

Sehr gut!

Susi,October 13, 2023
Tolles Buch! Großartige "Aufarbeitung" der letzten Computerjahrzehnte, viele "neue" Infos, gutes Material, sehr wertig. Hier hat sich der hohe Preis gelohnt.