If you are interested in the history and people involved in the development of early stored-program computers, "Turing's Cathedral" by George Dyson is a good read.
Although I am a generation behind these early developments, I saw my share of paper tape, punched cards, and hand coded and toggled in machine language. Did you ever drop the center out of a large roll of paper tape? The "good ole days".
There's never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over...