History of Computing: Software Issues

International Conference on the History of Computing, ICHC 2000 April 5–7, 2000 Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum Paderborn, Germany

  • Ulf Hashagen
  • Reinhard Keil-Slawik
  • Arthur L. Norberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Ulf Hashagen, Reinhard Keil-Slawik, Arthur L. Norberg
      Pages 1-8
  3. Prologue A Computer Pioneer’s Talk

  4. Software as Science

  5. Software as Engineering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. James E. Tomayko
      Pages 65-76
  6. Software as Reliable Artefact

  7. Software as Labor Process

  8. Software as Economic Activity

  9. Museums and Exhibitions

  10. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Michael S. Mahoney
      Pages 277-283

About these proceedings


This book reviews the present understanding of the history of software and establishes an agenda for further research. By exploring this current understanding, the authors identify the fundamental elements of software. The problems and questions addressed in the book range from purely technical to societal issues. Thus, the articles presented offer a fresh view of this history with new categories and interrelated themes, comparing and contrasting software with artefacts in other disciplines, so as to ascertain in what ways software is similar to and different from other technologies.
This volume is based on the international conference "Mapping the History of Computing: Software Issues", held in April 2000 at the Heinz Nixdorf Museums Forum in Paderborn, Germany.


Computer Industry Computer and Information Science Education History of Software history of computing software software engineering theory of computation

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulf Hashagen
    • 1
  • Reinhard Keil-Slawik
    • 2
  • Arthur L. Norberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Münchner Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und TechnikgeschichteDeutsches MuseumMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Heinz Nixdorf InstitutUniversität PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  3. 3.Charles Babbage Institute, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07653-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04954-9
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