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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 1 • Date Jan.-March 1997

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  • Anecdotes

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):60 - 64
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  • Eloge: Cuthbert Corwin Hurd (1911-1996) [Biographies]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):65 - 73
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  • King of the Seven Dwarfs, General Electric's Ambiguous Challenge to the Computer Industry [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):78 - 79
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  • The International Computer Software Industry: A Comparative Study of Industry Evolution and Structure [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s): 79
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  • Knowing Machines: Essays on Technical Change

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):79 - 80
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  • A Bibliographic Guide to the History of Computer Applications, 1950-1990 [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s): 80
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  • The World's Largest Machine: Global Telecommunications and the Human Condition [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s): 80
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  • I Sing the Body Electronic: A Year With Microsoft on the Multimedia Frontier [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s): 80
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  • The Colossus of Bletchley Park, IEEE Rev., vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 55-59 [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s): 80
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  • The first operating system for the EDVAC

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):55 - 59
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    The paper describes the first operating system that was designed for the first internally programmed electronic digital computer: the EDVAC. This operating system was developed during 1952 and was implemented early in 1953. Devised for one of the earliest electronic digital computers, its capacities were modest compared to later standards, yet some of its features are recognizable in later operati... View full abstract»

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  • Crossing the divide: architectural issues and the emergence of the stored program computer, 1935-1955

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):5 - 12
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    The rapid advance of computing technology since the 1940s has created an impression that all that happened in computing before then was somehow mere prologue to the real history. According to this popular notion, the computer age began with the invention of machines that computed at electronic speeds, that were capable of automatic sequence control with conditional branching, and that stored their... View full abstract»

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  • Arithmetic on the EDSAC

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):13 - 15
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    The Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC) was a serial binary computer with an ultrasonic delay memory. It was designed and built at the University of Cambridge in England. Work on the project started at the end of 1946, and the machine began to work in May 1949. The paper describes how the programmer handled fixed point arithmetic and emphasizes the merits of having a double lengt... View full abstract»

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  • Splitting the difference: the historical necessity of synthesis in software engineering

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):20 - 54
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    For the last quarter of a century, software technologists have worked to address the “software crisis” identified in the 1960s. Their efforts have focused on a number of different areas, but have often been marked by the search for singular “best” solutions. However, the fundamental nature of software-involving basic and poorly understood problem solving processes combined ... View full abstract»

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  • Historical content in computer science texts: a concern

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):16 - 19
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    Faculty teaching computer science courses-to majors and nonmajors alike-may have little chance to evaluate the historical material found in the texts assigned to their students. There are problems, however, in the presentations of the history of the field in many current texts, problems of which faculty are not always aware. Clarification of some of the problematic historical material found in cur... View full abstract»

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The IEEE Annals of the History of Computing serves as a record of vital contributions which recount, preserve, and analyze the history of computing and the impact of computing on society.

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Editor-in-Chief
Nathan Ensmenger
Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing
nensmeng@indiana.edu