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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 10 Number 1 -- Reviews

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Original Publication Date: 1988-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 22 page(s) / 82K

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WILLIAM ASPRAY: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The Reviews Department features reviews of films, audio and videotapes, exhibits, and publications relating to the history of computing. Full-length studies of any technical, economic, business, social, or institutional aspect of the history of computing will be given a complete review. Dissertations, articles, and other studies of interest to Annals readers will be listed in a section on ";Other Literature,"; with full bibliographic citations and notes on their nature and availability. From time to time we will also invite longer essay reviews on important research topics, the published literature on these topics, and further opportunities for research. Most reviews are solicited, but colleagues are encouraged to participate by indicating their wish to review a work or by suggesting titles to the Reviews Editor. The wide diffusion of the computer across modern societies is reflected in the historical literature; historical discussions of the development, applications, and impacts of the computer are found in a wide range of publications and in many different languages. I would like to thank three people who assisted me with the location and identification of materials for Volume 9 of the Annals: Ronald R. Kline (formerly IEEE History Center, now Cornell University) surveyed the electrical engineering literature; Thomas L. Drucker (Dickinson College) surveyed the mathematics literature; and Paul E. Ceruzzi (National Air and Space Museum) identified many miscellaneous and hard-to-identify items. I would also like to take this opportunity to ask for volunteers to help identify and prepare abstracts of historical materials written in languages other the English, French, and German.

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Reviews

WILLIAM ASPRAY, EDITOR

The Reviews Department features reviews of films, audio and videotapes, exhibits, and publications relating to the history of computing. Full-length studies of any technical, economic, business, social, or institutional aspect of the history of computing will be given a complete review. Dissertations, articles, and other studies of interest to Annals readers will be listed in a section on "Other Literature," with full bibliographic citations and notes on their nature and availability. From time to time we will also invite longer essay reviews on important research topics, the published literature on these topics, and further opportunities for research.

Most reviews are solicited, but colleagues are encouraged to participate by indicating their wish to review a work or by suggesting titles to the Reviews Editor.

The wide diffusion of the computer across modern societies is reflected in the historical literature; historical discussions of the development, applications, and impacts of the computer are found in a wide range of publications and in many different languages. I would like to thank three people who assisted me with the location and identification of materials for Volume 9 of the Annals: Ronald R. Kline (formerly IEEE History Center, now Cornell University) surveyed the electrical engineering literature; Thomas L. Drucker (Dickinson College) surveyed the mathematics literature; and Paul E. Ceruzzi (National Air and Space Museum) identified many miscellaneous and hard-to-identify items. I would also like to take this opportunity to ask for volunteers to help identify and prepare abstracts of historical materials written in languages other the English, French, and German.

Carpenter, B. E. and R. W. Doran (eds.). A. M. Turing's ACE Report of 1946 and Other Papers. Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press; and Los Angeles and San Francisco: Tomash Publishers, 1986.

This is the latest volume in the excellent series of reprints sponsored by the Charles Babbage Institute and published by the MIT Press. It contains two of Turing's works. The first is a research proposal written for the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, England, entitled "Proposal for the Development in the Mathematics Division of an Automatic Computing Engine (ACE)." The proposal was presented to a meeting of the Executive Committee held on 19 Feb 1946 and approved at a second meeting held a month later. It was an internal document and was given only minimal circulation outside the NPL; in fact, C.G. Darwin, Director of the NPL, at first discouraged publicity for the project. It was not until November 1946, when Lord Louis Mountbatten delivered a lecture to the British Institute of Radio Engineers in which he referred to American work, that a press anno...