A world full of computers: How did that happen?

James W. Cortada

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This paper argues in favor of more national and global histories of computing, describes the author's current research, and presents preliminary findings about the global diffusion of IT with particular emphasis on developments in the pan-Atlantic community of North America and Europe from to 1940s to 2000. The author introduces a new model for dating events in the diffusion of computing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHistory of Nordic Computing - 3rd IFIP WG 9.7 Conference, HiNC, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJohn Impagliazzo, Per Lundin, Benkt Wangler
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783642233142
StatePublished - 2011
Event3rd IFIP WG 9.7 Conference on History of Nordic Computing, HiNC 2010 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: Oct 18 2010Oct 20 2010

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Other3rd IFIP WG 9.7 Conference on History of Nordic Computing, HiNC 2010

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2011.


  • European ICT
  • Global diffusion
  • Historical trends
  • History of computing
  • Wave One


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