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Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 3 • Date July-Sept. 1983

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  • About this issue

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 223
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  • John R. Pasta, 1918-1981-An Unusual Path Toward Computer Science

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):224 - 238
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  • The Design of Colossus (foreword by Howard Campaigne)

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):239 - 252
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    This article describes the construction and operation of the Colossus machines. The machines had most if not all of the essential features of a modern computer, except that variable programming was provided not by memory store but by hard-wired function units selected and interconnected by switches operated by the mathematician-programmers. View full abstract»

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  • The Making of Colossus

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):253 - 259
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    The article describes the techniques that evolved for the design and manufacture of the Colossus machines and their auxiliaries, invented for the purpose of code breaking during World War II and installed at Bletchley Park. View full abstract»

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  • The Installation and Maintenance of Colossus

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):260 - 262
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    The article describes the procedures adopted for the installation and maintenance of the Colossus machines installed at Bletchley Park during the latter years of World War II. View full abstract»

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  • Babbage's Letter to Quetelet, May 1835

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):263 - 267
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    This article discusses the significance of a letter from Charles Babbage to L. A. J. Quetelet, the Belgian statistician and astronomer, written in the spring of 1835, describing the earliest concept of the Analytical Engine. Quetelet caused the major portion of the letter to be printed, but it has never been fully translated into English. The article includes a modern translation of the full lette... View full abstract»

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  • The Logical-Numerical System of Inca Quipus

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):268 - 278
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    Quipus, used by the Incas during the sixteenth century, were sophisticated devices for recording and transmitting codified information. They are a part of the global history of data handling and computation. This paper describes the logical-numerical system expressed through these multicolored spatial arrays of knotted cords. included are basic ideas about the logical structures of some quipu form... View full abstract»

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  • From Napier to Lucas: The Use of Napier's Bones in Calculating Instruments

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):279 - 296
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    The paper surveys the development of different types of calculating machines that have used the idea of John Napier's "bones. " After showing how to use the bones, the paper discusses the machines of such mathematicians as Wilhelm Schickard, Samuel Morland, Gaspard Schott, Athanasius Kircher, Edouard Lucas, and Henri Genaille. A newly discovered manuscript by Rene Grillet (from the late seventeent... View full abstract»

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  • Conversation: Jay W. Forrester

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):297 - 301
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    In 1972, when I was principal investigator for the Smithsonian-AFIPS Computer History Project, I asked Robert R. Everett, president of the Mitre Corporation, to host a gathering of key people from Project Whirlwind. The group, which included Jay W. Forrester, engaged in a freewheeling discussion about some of the major mile-stones that occurred during the evolution of that important first-generati... View full abstract»

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  • Self-Study Questions & Answers

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):302 - 303, 308-309
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  • Comments, queries, and debate

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):303 - 306
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  • News and Notices

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 307
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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):310 - 316
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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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