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Issue No.03 - July-Sept. (2013 vol.35)
pp: 2-3
Lars Heide , Copenhagen Business School
This issue features several articles that discuss different perspectives on innovating computer technology. Specifically, the issue includes features on the emergence of computer engineering in the United States from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s; the history of a large Swedish producer of mechanical calculators, Facit; a history of Chaim Selig Slonimski and his adding device inventions in the late 1800s; and the development of the programming language CPL in the early 1960s. It also include an article that applies a methodological approach to the historiography of computing and suggests using the concept of "information hiding" to distinguish the kinds of information that get hidden when human beings interact with different types of computing machines.
information hiding, history of computing, computer innovation, IEEE, history of computer engineering, Facit, mechanical calculators, adding devices, Chaim Selig Slonimski, CPL,
Lars Heide, "From the Editor's Desk", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.35, no. 3, pp. 2-3, July-Sept. 2013, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2013.37
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2. T. Petersson, “Private and Public Interests in the Development of the Early Swedish Computer Industry,” Science for Welfare and Warfare: Technology and State Initiative in Cold War Sweden, P. Lundin, N. Stenlås, and J. Gribbe eds., Science History Publications, 2010, pp. 109–129.
3. J.W. Cortada, Before the Computer, Princeton Univ. Press, 1993; E. Martin, Die Rechenmaschinen und Ihre Entwicklungsgeschichte, [The Calculating Machines: Their History and Development], Johannes Meyer, 1925 (translation published by MIT Press and the Charles Babbage Institute, 1992).
4. Cortada, Before the Computer, pp. 28–29, 41.
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