[Humanist] 30.436 a book of interest on the early history

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Oct 25 08:00:15 CEST 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 436.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:51:55 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: the early history

I fear that I am among the very few interested in the early history of 
computing from the perspective of the humanities -- as distinct from but 
indebted to the early history of the hardware. So there may be none here 
interested in the following book, which is a most valuable contribution 
to the social and scientific environment in which that history developed. 
If that be the case I apologise, though it is a good (if disturbing) read.

Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi, The Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science 
of Thermonuclear War. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

If you are interested in the period you will likely already know of her 
very fine article, "Simulating the Unthinkable: Gaming Future War in the 
1950s and 1960s". Social Studies of Science 30.2 (2000): 163-223. Also 
her chapter in Memory Bytes, ed. Rabinovits and Geil, "The Convergence 
of the Pentagon and Hollywood".

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

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