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Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 1 • Date Jan.-March 1989

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  • About this issue

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 1 - 2
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  • Early Computing and Numerical Analysis at the National Bureau of Standards

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 3 - 12
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    By the mid-1950s, computing became a radically new, highly complex, capital-intensive technology - one which required resources that universities were unable and the companies were unwilling to provide. This article tells the story of one government agency, the National Bureau of Standards, whose efforts in those early years helped to bridge this gap and to initiate modern computing. View full abstract»

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  • The National Applied Mathematics Laboratories-A Prospectus

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 13 - 18, 20-30
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    A prospectus is herein set forth for a federal center of applied mathematics, to be operated as a division of the National Bureau of Standards of the Department of Commerce. The center is to be known as the National Applied Mathematics Laboratories. It will specialize in numerical and statistical analysis, and will undertake to offer various services in these fields, and carry on a broad program of research and training. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of high-speed automatic computing machinery and the mathematical theory needed for its effective use. (1947) View full abstract»

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  • The Program of a Large Computation Center

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 31 - 41
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    There has been a considerable amount of discussion among members of the computing fraternity regarding the administration of computing: the selection of the program of a computation center, the right way to run the laboratory, and the area of responsibility for the validity of results. There are some computer laboratory directors, for example, who hold that the responsibilities of a computing extend only to the correct performance of arithmetic operations, and that the adequacy of the mathematical formulation of problems and suitability of the choice of numerical methods rest squarely on the shoulders of the client. Others admit that mathematical assistance to clients is desirable, but insist that the mathematicians' place is not in the machine room, which is to be considered sacred territory accessible only to a few chosen acolytes, mainly engineers. View full abstract»

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  • Self-Study Questions & Answers

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 43 - 64
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  • Anecdotes

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 43 - 48
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  • Biographies

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 49 - 51
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  • Comments, queries, and debate

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 51 - 54
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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 54 - 60
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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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