[Humanist] 25.472 differences computing has made?
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 472.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 09:25:40 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: differences actually made?
Those interested in critical thought about the difference that computers
have actually made to research will welcome the following:
Jon Agar, "What difference did computers make?", Social Studies of
Science 36.6 (2006): 869-907;
Joel B. Hagen, "The introduction of computers into systematic research
in the United States during the 1960s", Studies in the History and
Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32.2 (2001): 291-314.
Those committed to promoting the doctrine of a revolutionary change
will, however, be less pleased by their arguments.
I haven't yet seen Agar's more recent book, *The Government Machine: A
Revolutionary History of the Computer*, which I gather is an
historically developed account of the close relationship between
computing and bureaucracy. As far as I know Agar is the only one to have
noticed Turing's mathematical bureaucrat as such (in his 1936 paper on
Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's
College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor,
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/
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