Table of Contents
- 1. The Tar Pit.
- 2. The Mythical Man-Month.
- 3. The Surgical Team.
- 4. Aristocracy, Democracy, and System Design.
- 5. The Second-System Effect.
- 6. Passing the Word.
- 7. Why Did the Tower of Babel Fail?
- 8. Calling the Shot.
- 9. Ten Pounds in a Five-Pound Sack.
- 10. The Documentary Hypothesis.
- 11. Plan to Throw One Away.
- 12. Sharp Tools.
- 13. The Whole and the Parts.
- 14. Hatching a Castrophe.
- 15. The Other Face.
- 16. No Silver Bullet -- Essence and Accident.
- 17. "No Silver Bullet" ReFired.
- 18. Propositions of The Mythical Man-Month: True or False?
- 19. The Mythical Man-Month After 20 Years.
- Notes and references.
About the Author
Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., was born in 1931 in Durham, NC. He
received an A.B. summa cum laude in physics from Duke and a Ph.D.
in computer science from Harvard, under Howard Aiken, the inventor
of the early Harvard computers. At Chapel Hill, Dr. Brooks founded
the Department of Computer Science and chaired it from 1964 through
1984. He has served on the National Science Board and the Defense
Science Board. His current teaching and research is in computer
architecture, molecular graphics, and virtual environments. He
joined IBM, working in Poughkeepsie and Yorktown, NY, 1956-1965. He
is best known as the "father of the IBM System/360", having served
as project manager for its development and later as manager of the
Operating System/360 software project during its design phase. For
this work he, Bob Evans, and Erick Block were awarded and received
a National Medal of Technology in 1985. Dr. Brooks and Dura Sweeney
in 1957 patented a Stretch interrupt system for the IBM Stretch
computer that introduced most features of today's interrupt
systems. He coined the term computer architecture . His System/360
team first achieved strict compatibility, upward and downward, in a
computer family. His early concern for word processing led to his
selection of the 8-bit byte and the lowercase alphabet for the
System/360, engineering of many new 8-bit input/output devices, and
providing a character-string datatype in PL/I. In 1964 he founded
the Computer Science Department at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and chaired it for 20 years. Currently, he is Kenan
Professor of Computer Science. His principal research is in
real-time, three-dimensional, computer graphics-"virtual reality."
His research has helped biochemists solve the structure of complex
molecules and enabled architects to "walk through" buildings still
being designed. He is pioneering the use of force display to
supplement visual graphics. Brooks distilled the successes and
failures of the development of Operating System/360 in The Mythical
Man-Month: Essays in Software Engineering, (1975). He further
examined software engineering in his well-known 1986 paper, "No
Silver Bullet." He is just completing a two-volume research
monograph, Computer Architecture, with Professor Gerrit Blaauw.
Now, 20 years after the initial publication of his book, Brooks has
revisited his original ideas and added new thoughts and advice
within The Mythical Man-Month, Anniversary Edition. Brooks has
served on the National Science Board and the Defense Science Board.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the the IEEE
John von Neumann Medal, the IEEE Computer Society's McDowell and
Computer Pioneer Awards, the ACM Allen Newell and Distinguished
Service Awards, the AFIPS Harry Goode Award, and an honorary Doctor
of Technical Science from ETH-Zurich. 0201835959AB04062001