- ISBN 9780679740278 / 0679740279
- Title Fatal Defect: Chasing Killer Computer Bugs
- Author Ivars Peterson
- Category Computers
- Format Paperback
- Year 1996
- Pages 288
- Publisher Vintage Books
- Imprint Ballantine Books Inc.
- Language English
- Dimensions 139mm x 18mm x 214mm
This arresting and at time terrifying book tells us just how prevalent these defects are and how they are multiplying as computers become more sophisticated and more deeply embedded in our daily lives. It is also a riveting portrait of the men and women who find and 'exterminate' those bugs, whether they occur in pocket calculators or nuclear reactors.
From crashing computers to airplane crashes that claim scores of lives, the computer virus has become a growing plague of late twentieth-century life. This arresting and at times terrifying book tells us just how prevalent these software errors and defects are and how they are multiplying as more sophisticated computers become deeply embedded in our daily lives. As it explores the digital bugs that can cause such catastrophic results, it also offers a riveting portrait of the men and women who find and exterminate these viruses and glitches, whether they occur in pocket calculators or nuclear reactors. “An entertaining introduction to the problems of creating reliable computer systems.”— “The Christian Science Monitor”
“The book is both amusing and a quite serious argument for never assuming computers are flawless.”
— San Diego Union-Tribune“Peterson's book is an entertaining introduction to the problems of creating reliable computer systems.”
— Christian Science Monitor
IVARS PETERSON is an award-winning mathematics writer known for his popular books The Jungles of Randomness, The Mathematical Tourist, and Islands of Truth. He also writes about mathematics for Science News and Muse magazines.
NANCY HENDERSON is a freelance writer and editor whose articles have appeared in New Scientist, Science and Children, U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, and many other publications.