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Reflections on the History of Computing

Preserving Memories and Sharing Stories

Tatnall, Arthur (Ed.)

2012, X, 398 p.

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  • First volume of the new IFIP AICT subseries "Surveys"
  • Provides an overview on the history of computing
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This book is a collection of refereed invited papers on the history of computing from the 1940s to the 1990s with one paper going back to look at Italian calculating/computing machines from the first century to the 20th century. The 22 papers cover a wide range of computing related topics such as specific early computer systems, their construction, their use and their users; software programming and operating systems; people involved in the theory, design and use of these computers; computer education; and conservation of computing technology. Many of the authors were actually involved in the events they describe and share their specific reflections on the history of computing.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » computer education - computer science - hardware - information technology - microprogramming

Related subjects » Communication Networks - Computer Science - General Issues - Hardware - Software Engineering

Table of contents 

Australia’s WREDAC.– It Was Rocket Science.- Remembering LEO.- A Possible First Use of CAM/CAD.- Roberto Busa (1913-2011), Pioneer of Computers for the Humanities.- Micro Programming.- Experiences and Reflections.- Information Systems Degrees in Australia: The Genesis.- Looking Back.- The Impact of the Y2K Event on the Popularity of the Pick Database Environment.- Evolution of Computer Science Education in the Purview of Free Education.- Evolution of Computer Education in Spain: From Early Times to theImplementation of the Bologna Agreement.- The History of Computer Language Selection.- History of Data Centre Development.- Early Italian Computing Machines and Their Inventors.- Computing for the Masses? Constructing a British Culture of Computing in the Home.- Reflections on the History of Computer Education in Schools in Victoria.- From the History of Russian Computer Science.- Hungarian Scientists in Information Technology.- Information Technology in Italy: The Origins and the Early Years (1954 - 1965).- Institutional Nostalgia – Museum Victoria’s Cabinet of Computing Curiosities.- The Changing Face of the History of Computing: The Role of Emulation in Protecting Our Digital Heritage.- My Fascination with Computing History.

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