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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 5 Number 3 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1983-Jul-01
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Abstract

The computing field recently lost one of its most distinguished pioneers. John Pasta touched so many people and so many issues that it took the collaboration of five of his colleagues to put his story together for the Annals. They have written far more than an ordinary memorial article, because Pasta's career is a history of important ideas and events in our field. People who knew Pasta will read the article and be reminded of their common interests with him but they will also realize that this former New York City policeman was so much more than any of us know. He was above all a kind and generous person. It was a privilege to have known him.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1983 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 5 Number 3 July 1983 [Front Matter]

Contents About this Issue.....223

Articles John R. Pasta, 1918-1981 -- An Unusual Path Toward Computer.....224 Science - Kent
K. Curtis, N. C. Metropolis, William G. Rosen, Yoshio Shimamoto, and James N. Snyder The Design of Colossus - Thomas H. Flowers (Foreword by Howard Campaigne).....239 The Making
of Colossus - Allen W. M. Coombs.....253 The Installation and Maintenance of Colossus - W. W.
Chandler.....260 Babbage's Letter to Quetelet, May 1835 - Alfred W. Van Sinderen.....263 The
Logical-Numerical System of Inca Quipus - Marcia Ascher .....268 From Napier to Lucas: The
Use of Napier's Bones in Calculating Instruments - M. R. Williams.....279 Conversation: Jay W.
Forrester - Interviewed by Christopher Evans.....297

Departments Self-Study Questions.....302 Comments, Queries, and Debate.....303 What
Defines a "General-Purpose"Computer? - Allan G. Bromley Early ONR Publications About Computers - Richard E. Smith History of Science Centers - Clark A. Elliott Information Sought on the Bell "2-B Regrettor"- Eric A. Weiss News and Notices.....307 Reviews.....310 Richard
Hull: The Unfortunate Murderer - Martin Campbell-Kelly B. J. Bleackley and J. La Prairie: Entering the Computer Age - K W. Smillie Heinz Zemanek: Al-Khorezmi - M. R. Williams Capsule Reviews Announcement of Rate Increase..... [Material omitted]

About this Issue

The computing field recently lost one of its most distinguished pioneers. John Pasta touched so many people and so many issues that it took the collaboration of five of his colleagues to put his story together for the Annals. They have written far more than an ordinary memorial article, because Pasta's career is a history of important ideas and events in our field. People who knew Pasta will read the article and be reminded of their common interests with him but they will also realize that this former New York City policeman was so much more than any of us know. He was above all a kind and generous person. It was a privilege to have known him.

Every issue of the Annals this year has a special feature. Volume 5, Number 1 included the SPREAD report and discussion; Number 2 was devoted entirely to the IBM 701 computer; Number 4 will contain a series of articles about the SAGE defense system. This issue also has a special feature: articles about the Colossus machines at Bletchley Park during World War II. In a Pioneer Computer Lecture at The Computer Museum in 1981, Thomas H. Flowers presented details of the secret cryptologic work of Colossus that had only been made public a few weeks earlier. The machines had a number of remarkable features that didn't appear in other computer systems...