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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 1 • Date Jan.-March 2008

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): c2
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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • The Life and Work of Bernard A. Galler (1928-2006)

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):4 - 14
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    This article describes Bernard A. Caller's involvement in early systems programming and machine languages research, his work with the ACM, and - of especial interest to the readers of this journal - his contributions to the development of the history of computing, and his role as the first editor in chief of the Annals of the History of Computing. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Computer Society Information

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 15
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  • Economic Perspectives on the History of the Computer Time-Sharing Industry, 1965-1985

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):16 - 36
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    The history of the computer time-sharing industry is one of the unwritten chapters in the overall history of computing. In this article, we show that the time-sharing industry constituted a major sector of the computer services industry until the early 1980s, when time-sharing was made obsolescent by the personal computer. View full abstract»

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  • [Masthead]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 37
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  • Fermat Meets SWAC: Vandiver, the Lehmers, Computers, and Number Theory

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):38 - 49
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    This article describes the work of Harry Schultz Vandiver, Derrick Henry Lehmer, and Emma Lehmer on calculations related with proofs of Fermat's last theorem. This story sheds light on ideological and institutional aspects of activity in number theory in the US during the 20th century, and on the incursion of computer-assisted methods into pure fields of mathematical research. View full abstract»

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  • Vignettes of Sweden's Computer Graphics History

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):50 - 58
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    This article recounts selected historical events in the computer graphics field in Sweden, ranging from hardware construction to human-computer interaction. Particularly noteworthy are the industrial developments of semigraphical interfaces for improved man-machine communication, and the patented invention of a color graphics system by Hakan Lans, which gave rise to several court cases. View full abstract»

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  • An Early (1844) Key-Driven Adding Machine

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):59 - 65
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    This article presents Jean-Baptiste Schwilgue's 1844 adding machine, which was equipped with a number of unique features, in particular with what was apparently the first numerical keyboard. View full abstract»

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  • Historiographic Conceptualization of Information: A Critical Survey

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):66 - 81
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    The historical pedigree and meaning of "information" has been hotly contested since its scientific definition in the 1940s. Scientists have authored very different explanations for the origins of informational research, the scope of information theory, and the historical significance of its findings. This survey classifies the historical literature into genres, offering a view into the changing en... View full abstract»

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  • Events and Sightings [including an obituary for Tadahiro Sekimoto]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):82 - 86
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    Conference—History of Nordic Computing; IT History Society; Norsk Data—40th-anniversary celebrations; Control Data's 50th anniversary; Obituary—Tadahiro Sekimoto View full abstract»

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  • Cleve Moler: Mathematical Software Pioneer and Creator of Matlab

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):87 - 91
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    A prominent figure in the numerical analysis community in his early academic career, Cleve Moler gradually shifted his research efforts to mathematical software, specifically to the development of Matlab, an educational software package. Matlab has evolved to become a commercial success in scientific and engineering applications. Moler—now Mathworks' chief scientist and chairman—is... View full abstract»

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  • Fairchild Symbol Computer

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):92 - 95
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    Under the leadership of Gordon Moore, Fairchild Semiconductor embarked on the design of a high-level time-sharing computer, Symbol IIR. In the mid-1960s, the falling costs of semiconductors made hardware seem like the logical design choice to replace common software functions. Symbol embodied that design, but to what effect? View full abstract»

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  • Revolution and Resistance: Rethinking Power in Computing History

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 96
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    If one theme dominates memory and imagination about computing, it is "revolution." But the term describes the relationship between transformations in computing and political power in diverse and even contradictory ways. Concepts from the study of social movements can help explain changes in and around computing, clarifying contradictions. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Computer Society Membership Information

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): c4
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Aims & Scope

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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Meet Our Editors

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