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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 4 • Date Oct.-Dec. 1997

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  • About this Issue

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):3 - 4
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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  • Gertrude Blanch of the Mathematical Tables Project

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):18 - 27
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    Gertrude Blanch can be viewed as either the last and most important leader of human computers or one of the first numerical analysts for electronic computers. From 1938 to 1948, she was the technical director of the Mathematical Tables Project, the largest and most sophisticated of the human computing groups. During that period, she organized the literature of computing and numerical analysis. Aft... View full abstract»

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  • Comparison of electrical “engineering” of Heaviside's times and software “engineering” of our times

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):5 - 17
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    In previous centuries, several technical fields that are now engineering disciplines exhibited problems analogous to those frequently observed in software development today. This paper presents selected examples of experiences from some of those fields, especially electrical telegraphy and telephony during the second half of the 19th and the early 20th centuries, and compares them with difficultie... View full abstract»

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  • Shaping a technology: American punched card systems 1880-1914

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):28 - 41
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    This paper addresses the initial development of the first punched-card system in the United States in the 1880s and the construction of the next punched-card machine generation, launched in 1907. Finally, aspects of punched-card systems in the 1910s give a perspective on this history View full abstract»

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  • A family history of Honeywell's large-scale computer systems

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):42 - 46
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    Honeywell Information Systems marketed a broad line of large computer hardware and software, whose heritage goes back to the early 1960s. The authors of this article played key roles in the evolution of today's software (King) and hardware (Shelly) View full abstract»

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  • A tale of assembly

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):47 - 49
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    The author takes us back to the days when assembly language programming was still a large part of the computing scene with a story of how the user group Share influenced IBM on assembly languages just when the company had decided to concentrate on the new high-level languages View full abstract»

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  • The Katapayadi formula and the modern hashing technique

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):49 - 52
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    The essence of the modern hashing technique in computer science is the derivation of a number from a nonnumeric key to index into a table where the record containing the key is stored. In this paper, an interestingly similar technique used in South Indian musicology in the 18th century is described, and the question of whether it is an anticipation of the hashing technique is briefly addressed. Th... 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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Nathan Ensmenger
Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing
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