[Humanist] 23.116 presenting computers to the public in the 1950s & 60s

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Jun 30 08:11:15 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 116.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:58:23 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: presenting computers to the public

Those interested in the early history of computing may enjoy three films 
collected by The Historical Archive, described at 
www.thehistoricalarchive.com/products/computers.html. The movie entitled 
"Logic by machine" (1965) features Richard W. Hamming and Earnest Nagel. 
"On Guard! The Story of SAGE" (1956) is as frightening as it should be. 
What particularly interests me in "The Information Machine" (1958) is 
the developmental story of humankind, from inability to cope with life, 
because of insufficient tools to handle information, to command of a 
complex urban world. A Whiggish history to be sure, but note what's left when the human is seen through the notion of information-processing.

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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