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Self-Study Questions Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129582D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 7 page(s) / 42K

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Copyright ©; 1989 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Self-Study Questions



This department attempts to help people think about the history of computing in new ways, through the mechanism of questions, with answers on a separate page -- thus permitting the reader to do self- testing. The answers list source material for further self-study on topics relating to the questions. Occasionally some questions will be used that have either no answers or controversial answers.

Readers are urged to send suggested questions (and answers with cited material) to the department editor.

1. For many years the topic of Artificial Intelligence has been recognized as an important aspect of the computer field, even though its exact definition is still in dispute. By 1960, how many of the following "human oriented, intelligent type" tasks had been implemented on a computer, who were the key person(s) involved, and approximately when was the work done?

Proving theorems in logic and plane geometry Playing checkers and chess Assembly line balancing Composing music Designing motors Recognizing manual Morse Code

2. Both RCA and General Electric were once in the business of building and selling computers. To what companies did each of them sell their computer business, and when?

3. UNIVAC I and General Electric were once both significant elements in the computer field. What unique relationship existed between them?

4. The ENIAC began running in 1946. When was the patent applied for, when was it issued, and to whom? What happened to the patent?

5. With the thousands of computers in use today, it is often surprising to see how many and what types of computers were installed in the 1940s and early 1950s. (a) How many new computer installations were there in each of the years 1941-1945? (b) How many of the computers and their installations can you name for 1941-1952? (c) Which computer had the most installations in 1951 and 1952 and what were its main characteristics? (d) What were the most prevalent installed computers in 1953 and 1954?

Answers appear on p. 61. nd part of work 1]

Answers to Self-Study Questions, page 43.


Some questions have either no answers or controversial answers. If no specific source is provided, the answer represents the judgment of the department editor (usually supported by documents that are not publicly available).

IEEE Computer Society, Dec 31, 1989 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 11 Number 1, Pages 43-64

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Self-Study Questions

Readers who disagree with an answer, have further information, or wish their comments printed should send the material to the department editor.

Readers are urged to send suggested questions (and answers with cited material) to the department editor.

1. All of the tasks shown in Question 1 were implemented on a compu...