IEEE Annals of the History of Computing: From the editor's desk

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5723074
Pages (from-to)2
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Bibliographical note

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From Arthur Norberg and Judy O’Neill’s Transforming Computer Technology and Atsushi Akera’s Calculating the Natural World to Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet and the National Research Council volume Funding a Revolution, much quality work has been written on major computer projects financed by the US government. Far less has been written about the use of computing in government. James Cortada’s informative and impressive survey The Digital Hand, volume 3, and Paul Edwards’ The Closed World contribute meaningful discussion to the topic. Meanwhile, Jon Agar’s analysis on the interrelationship and dialogue between British bureaucracy and the mechanization of information processing over two centuries demonstrates the great value of deep analysis of government computing. For the US, many areas of government computing still remain entirely unexplored.

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  • Alan Turning
  • Dutch computer hobbyists
  • F.C. Williams
  • Henry Kissinger
  • History of computing
  • I.J. Good
  • John von Neumann
  • Manchester Baby
  • Max Newman
  • National Security Council
  • Tom Kilburn
  • computer game development

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