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Anecdotes
April-June 2001 (vol. 23 no. 2)
pp. 78-79

David Grier relates a 1940 incident involving a security risk to the Watson Scientific Laboratory at Columbia University. The danger of compromise at this lab was very real with potentially far-reaching serious consequences; ironically, the danger perceived by officials was based on entirely erroneous conclusions.

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3. See correspondence from I. S. Stepanov to Wallace Eckert, 8 Aug. 1940; Eckert to Stepanoff, 8 Aug. 1940; and Jan Schilt to Eckert, 9 Aug. 1940, Wallace J. Eckert Files, Record Group 19, Charles Babbage Inst., Univ. of Minnesota.
4. See correspondence of I.S. Stepanov, Director Technopromimport Dept., Amtorg Trading Corp., to Wallace Eckert, 8 Aug. 1940, Eckert Papers, Charles Babbage Inst., Univ. of Minnesota.
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7. W.J. Eckert to R.C. Archibald, 7 Jan. 1942. Correspondence relating to the journalMathematical Tables and Other Aids to Computation, Wallace Eckert papers, CBI 9, Charles Babbage Inst., Univ. of Minnesota.

Citation:
James Tomayko, "Anecdotes," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 78-79, April-June 2001, doi:10.1109/85.929916
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