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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE

Issue 4 • Date Oct.-Dec. 2007

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • The Center of History

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 2 - 5
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    If we are writing real history, we are proving the worth of our efforts by answering the fundamental question of existence: "So what?" History tells us why we should care about things, why certain ideas are important and others are not. This issue contains articles on the history of computing from a conference sponsored by the Charles Babbage Institute that was organized in honor of retiring director Arthur Norberg. In addition, the issue features a second article on the development of computing at the University of Maryland. View full abstract»

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  • Guest Editors' Introduction: New Directions in the History of Computing

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 6 - 7
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  • Arthur Norberg, the Charles Babbage Institute, and the History of Computing

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 8 - 15
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    This issue of the IEEE annals of the history of computing originated with a desire to mark the retirement of Charles Babbage Institute founding director Arthur Norberg. In so doing, a number of Norberg's peers were invited to help celebrate and honor the CBI director's career while also appraising the history of computing field that Norberg helped create. View full abstract»

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  • Leadership in Computing History: Arthur Norberg and the Charles Babbage Institute

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 16 - 26
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    This article describes the Charles Babbage Institute's leadership role in the computing history profession. Much of the article's focus is on Arthur Norberg/ the Institute's director during most of its first quarter century, and on his role in shaping both CBI and the history of computing field more generally. View full abstract»

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  • [Masthead]

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 27
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  • Studying the Role of IT in the Evolution of American Business Practices: A Way Forward

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 28 - 39
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    The use of computers by whole industries in the US has led to a growing interest in the history of computer applications in business. In this article the author explores some of the trends in this new history and initial findings. He also suggests topics that are ripe for historical research. View full abstract»

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  • The History of the History of Software

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 40 - 51
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    Just as the fields of software and hardware development have evolved, the field of software history has likewise matured. At first, the history of software was exclusively focused on technology. Later, there were historical explorations of the software industry and professions. Today the emphasis is on applications and the societal changes resulting from software. View full abstract»

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  • Understanding 'How Computing Has Changed the World'

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 52 - 63
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    How can we satisfactorily address the history of computing, recognizing that computing artifacts and practices are often shaped by local circumstances and cultures, and yet also capture the longer-term processes by which computing has shaped the world? This article reviews three traditions of scholarly work, proposes a new line of scholarship, and concludes with thoughts on collaborative, international, and interdisciplinary research. View full abstract»

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  • Developing a Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 64 - 75
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    This article describes the first six years of the Computer Science Department, established in 1973 at the University of Maryland. The department evolved out of the Computer Science Center, which had been instituted in February 1962. In 1980, the National Academy of Sciences judged the department as being among the leading computer science departments in the US. View full abstract»

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  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 76 - 81
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    Report: British Society for the History of Science Conference 2007; Computer History Museum Report; Obituary: Donald Michie; Obituary: Per Brinch Hansen; Obituary: Tadao Kasami; Computer Quotations Project; HOPL III papers available View full abstract»

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  • ENIAC as a Stored-Program Computer: A New Look at the Old Records

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 82 - 87
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    From a historical point of view, there is a crucial difference between ENIAC operating as a stored-program machine in March-May 1948 as against September 1948. This arises because the Manchester Baby, which operated as a stored-program machine from the beginning, is known to have first operated on 21 June 1948. View full abstract»

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  • A Boat Excursion into Canada's Early Computer History-Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 88 - 89
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    The article takes a virtual trip along the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor pointing out sites of interest in the history of computing. View full abstract»

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  • Biographies [F.C. Williams; J. Vaucanson; J.M. Jacquard]

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 90 - 102
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    1. This biographical piece examines the life and work of the inventive researcher, memory maker, and electrical engineer par excellence, Frederic Calland Williams, whose contribution to the building of the Manchester Baby—the world's first electronic stored-program computer—was so invaluable. Williams is commonly, but incorrectly, characterized as the overall leader of the project while his engineering contribution is, equally often, understated. Based on a detailed re-examination of the historical evidence, Williams is resituated in his correct role as the project's chief engineer. 2. Jacques Vaucanson made a significant contribution to the development of the textile industry in the 18th century, particularly with his automatic perforated-cylinder-driven loom, which was later improved upon by Jacquard. His work on automata is also noteworthy. 3. Up until now there have been few reliable biographical details available concerning Jacquard. Recent research by a local Lyons historian has unearthed Jacquard's true identity as Joseph Marie Charles, together with a welter of new information about this mysterious but influential figure who developed punched-card looms. View full abstract»

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  • 2007 Annual Index, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Volume 29

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 103 - 109
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  • Pushing Boundaries in the History of Computing

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): 112 - 111
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    Crossing topical, analytical, and theoretical boundaries can lead us to more nuanced and satisfying histories of computing, while also providing fresh insights about computing in the contemporary context. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Computer Society Information

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): c3
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  • [Back cover]

    Publication Year: 2007 , Page(s): c4
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Aims & Scope

From the analytical engine to the supercomputer, from Pascal to von Neumann, from punched cards to CD-ROMs -- the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing covers the breadth of computer history.

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