Oldest original proper computer (stored program etc)
hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Tue Oct 19 12:25:10 CDT 2010
On 2010 Oct 19, at 12:36 AM, Evan Koblentz wrote:
>> Military computing tends to be 800 pound gorilla in the room that
>> historians tend to dismiss.
> How do you figure? The early history of digital computing, especially
> in the 1940s - 1950s, is dominated by military installations.
> Colossus, ENIAC, many UNIVACs, SEAC/SWAC, SAGE, etc. .... in fact this
> year's winner of the Computer History Museum Prize* is "Calculating a
> Natural World" by Atsushi Akera. The book is a great read and focuses
> on Cold War computer research.
> * The prize is administered by the Society for the History of
> Technology's Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and
> Society, a.k.a. SHOT-SIGCIS. This is the primary organization for
> professional computer historians.
Not to take away from your point, but why do you include SEAC/SWAC in
that list? (both National Bureau of Standards computers)
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