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October-December 2007 (vol. 29 no. 4)
pp. 2-5
If we are writing real history, we are proving the worth of our efforts by answering the fundamental question of existence: "So what?" History tells us why we should care about things, why certain ideas are important and others are not. This issue contains articles on the history of computing from a conference sponsored by the Charles Babbage Institute that was organized in honor of retiring director Arthur Norberg. In addition, the issue features a second article on the development of computing at the University of Maryland.

1. W. Marchant, Desk Set, William French, 1956.
2. B. Atkinson, "Theatre: Shirley Booth," New York Times,25 Oct. 1955, p. 36.
3. "Corporate Organization Chart 1952," ElectroData Records, Charles Babbage Institute, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis
4. A. Burks, H.H. Goldstine, and J. von Neumann, "Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument Inst. for Advanced Study, 2 Sept. 1947," Papers of John von Neumann on Computing and Computer Theory, W. Aspray, and A. Burks eds. MIT Press, 1987, pp. 97-142.

Index Terms:
Charles Babbage Institute, history of computing, Arthur Norberg
Citation:
David Alan Grier, "The Center of History," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 2-5, Oct.-Dec. 2007, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2007.66
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