IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Volume 35 Issue 3 • July-Sept. 2013

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  • Front Cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • From the Editor's Desk

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  • The Origins and Early History of Computer Engineering in the United States

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):6 - 18
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    This article examines the origins and early history of the field of computer engineering in the United States, from the mid-1940s to mid-1950s. The account is based on both primary and secondary sources and draws theory from technology studies and the sociology of professions. The author begins by discussing roles played by engineers and engineering during the development of some of the first high... View full abstract»

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  • Facit and the Displacement of Mechanical Calculators

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):20 - 31
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    This article explains why Facit, a Swedish manufacturer of mechanical calculators, typewriters, and office furniture, collapsed in the shift from mechanical to electronic calculators in the early 1970s. Facit struggled to develop its own electronic calculators because its competencies were related to mechanics rather than electronics. Because the firm was located in a small company town in Sweden,... View full abstract»

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  • From Ancient to Modern Computing: A History of Information Hiding

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):33 - 39
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    This article proposes a methodological approach to the historiography of computing in terms of information hiding--that is, the introduction of levels of abstraction (LoAs) between the human being and the computing machine. This approach applies the LoAs, in terms of the epistemological levelism proposed within the philosophy of information, to the transition from ancient to modern computing. In p... View full abstract»

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  • Chaim Selig Slonimski and His Adding Devices

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    This article presents the accomplishments of Chaim Selig Slonimski (1810-1904), an important but not sufficiently known figure in the history of calculating devices. The authors briefly discuss Slonimski's life and the recognition he achieved in the 19th century in both Prussia and Russia as well as his patents, financing attempts, similarities to the work of others, and a detailed account of his ... View full abstract»

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  • CPL: Failed Venture or Noble Ancestor?

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):55 - 63
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    This is a personal account of the development of the programming language CPL in the early 1960s by a joint team from the University Mathematical Laboratory at Cambridge and the Institute of Computer Science in London. The project was designed to develop a language that would be suitable for all computer applications, scientific or otherwise, would efficiently exploit the immense power of the Ferr... View full abstract»

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  • Computer-Generated Doctoral Dissertations: An Early Experience

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    In 1970, Dennis J. Frailey generated his doctoral dissertation using a text processor on a computer, successfully producing plain-paper output that was accepted by Purdue University's dissertation office. This was before the days of word processors or widespread availability of plain-paper printers and the process involved several steps that may be of historical interest. This may also bring nosta... View full abstract»

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  • Reviews ["The future Was here: The Commodore Amiga" (Maher, J.; 2012) and "Recoding Gender: Women's Changing Participation in Computing" (Abbate, J.; 2012)

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  • Events and Sightings

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  • Computation, Materiality, and the Global Environment

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