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Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 3 • Date July-Sept. 1987

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  • About this issue

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 219 - 220
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  • Data Communications at the National Physical Laboratory (1965-1975)

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 221 - 247
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    This paper describes the data communications activity at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) during the period 1965-1975. The key feature of the NPL work was the development of the principle of packet switching, which was first proposed in a data communications context by D. W. Davies of the NPL in 1965. The report focuses on the construction of the NPL Data Communications Network, which first became operational in 1970. This network served both as a model for a possible U.K. national network and as a practical local area network (LAN) for the NPL site. The report describes the impact of the NPL work on other early networks, such as ARPANET and the British Experimental Packet-Switched Service (EPSS), and on data communications in general. View full abstract»

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  • The 20th Anniversary Meeting of the Association for Computing Machinery: 30 August 1967

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 249 - 270
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  • The Education of a Computer

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 271 - 281
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    Originally presented in 1952 at one of the first ACM conferences, this paper was quite visionary for its time. It foresees widespread commercial computer use and symbolic manipulation, for example. View full abstract»

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  • Babbage and Bowditch: A Transatlantic Connection

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 283 - 290
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    This article reproduces and discusses the significance of a lengthy letter written by Charles Babbage to an unknown recipient on 2 August 1835. The latter not only gives an early description of the Analytical Engine but also provides some insight into Babbage's frame of mind at the time. Evidence is presented to indicate that the recipient was Nathaniel Bowditch, a prominent American scientist. In addition, some insight into Babbage's personal life and his connection with the American scientific community. View full abstract»

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  • An Annotated Bibliography of Secondary Sources on the History of Software

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 291 - 343
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    This bibliography is a product of the National Collection Strategy (NCS) program being undertaken by the Charles Babbage Institute. NCS is a three-year program to develop a national collecting strategy for preserving the historic records of computing, made possible through the generous support of the AT&T Foundation, IBM Corporation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Unisys Corporation. View full abstract»

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  • Happenings

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 345 - 356
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  • Self-Study Questions & Answers

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 356 - 357, 381-383
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  • Anecdotes

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 357 - 369
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  • Comments, queries, and debate

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 369 - 373
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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 373 - 381
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  • Index to Volume 9, 1987/88

    Publication Year: 1987 , Page(s): 387 - 406
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Aims & Scope

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

 

This Periodical ceased publication in 1991. The current retitled publication is IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.

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