Issue No.03 - July-September (2004 vol.26)
Mario Aloisio , University of Malta
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MAHC.2004.17
Like so many English words, <it>computer</it> derives from Latin and therefore traces its origins back many centuries. A link exists between it and Christianity's greatest feast—Easter. In fact, the word computer, or at least its Latin equivalent, has long been connected to astronomy, time, and the calendar. This article gives a short history of the word, beginning from its use in early Roman times up to the introduction of the digital computer.
Mario Aloisio, "The Calculation of Easter Day, and the Origin and Use of the Word Computer", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.26, no. 3, pp. 42-49, July-September 2004, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2004.17