[Humanist] 30.407 even more on flowcharts

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        Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:27:47 -0700
        From: Charles Faulhaber <cbf at berkeley.edu>
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 30.406 even more on flowcharts?
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And of course the grand-daddy of all flow charts in the comics,
contemporaneous with the Gilbreths, was the Rube Goldberg machine.
Goldbert was a trained engineer, with a degree in engineering in 1904 from
UC Berkeley (before it was UC Berkeley, of course).

Charles Faulhaber

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 406.
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        Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:56:23 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: even more on flowcharts

In this post-programming phase of flowchart's history, what role does the
flowcharts play in the public sphere?

There are a few serious ones I have encountered, e.g. in a hospital
Accident & Emergency room. Otherwise the ones I find are almost all
humorous, in cartoons (to use Scott McCloud's distinction between them and
comics). The question is, why are they humorous, and what does this tell
us about the public view of computational reasoning?

Reflections (and references to studies) most welcome.

Yours,
WM
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Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney
University






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