IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

History of Computing: Learning from the Past

IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference, HC 2010, Held as Part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010, Proceedings

Editors: Tatnall, Arthur (Ed.)

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History of Computing: Learning from the Past Why is the history of computing important? Given that the computer, as we now know it, came into existence less than 70 years ago it might seem a little odd to some people that we are concerned with its history. Isn’t history about ‘old things’? Computing, of course, goes back much further than 70 years with many earlier - vices rightly being known as computers, and their history is, of course, important. It is only the history of electronic digital computers that is relatively recent. History is often justified by use of a quote from George Santayana who famously said that: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’. It is arguable whether there are particular mistakes in the history of computing that we should avoid in the future, but there is some circularity in this question, as the only way we will know the answer to this is to study our history. This book contains papers on a wide range of topics relating to the history of c- puting, written both by historians and also by those who were involved in creating this history. The papers are the result of an international conference on the History of Computing that was held as a part of the IFIP World Computer Congress in Brisbane in September 2010.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Connections in the History of Australian Computing

    Deane, John

    Pages 1-12

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  • Why the Real Thing Is Essential for Telling Our Stories

    Demant, David

    Pages 13-15

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  • Wonder, Sorcery, and Technology: Contribute to the History of Medieval Robotics

    Ambrosetti, Nadia

    Pages 16-25

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  • Andrew D. Booth – Britain’s Other “Fourth Man”

    Johnson, Roger G.

    Pages 26-37

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  • The Many Dimensions of Kristen Nygaard, Creator of Object-Oriented Programming and the Scandinavian School of System Development

    Berntsen, Drude (et al.)

    Pages 38-49

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
History of Computing: Learning from the Past
Book Subtitle
IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference, HC 2010, Held as Part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010, Proceedings
Editors
  • Arthur Tatnall
Series Title
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Series Volume
325
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-15199-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-15199-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-15198-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42314-7
Series ISSN
1868-4238
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 227
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