History of Computing. Learning from the Past

IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference, HC 2010, Held as Part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010. Proceedings

  • Arthur Tatnall

Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 325)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Vladimir A. Kitov, Valery V. Shilov
    Pages 80-88
  3. Denise Leahy, Dudley Dolan
    Pages 134-145
  4. Bill Davey, Kevin R. Parker
    Pages 159-168
  5. David T. Goodwin, Roger G. Johnson
    Pages 179-188
  6. Shona Leitch, Matthew J. Warren
    Pages 189-197

About these proceedings


History of Computing: Learning from the Past Why is the history of computing important? Given that the computer, as we now know it, came into existence less than 70 years ago it might seem a little odd to some people that we are concerned with its history. Isn’t history about ‘old things’? Computing, of course, goes back much further than 70 years with many earlier - vices rightly being known as computers, and their history is, of course, important. It is only the history of electronic digital computers that is relatively recent. History is often justified by use of a quote from George Santayana who famously said that: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’. It is arguable whether there are particular mistakes in the history of computing that we should avoid in the future, but there is some circularity in this question, as the only way we will know the answer to this is to study our history. This book contains papers on a wide range of topics relating to the history of c- puting, written both by historians and also by those who were involved in creating this history. The papers are the result of an international conference on the History of Computing that was held as a part of the IFIP World Computer Congress in Brisbane in September 2010.


Hardware ICT computer computer education computer history computers and society history of computing medieval computing teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Arthur Tatnall
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria Graduate School of BusinessVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15199-6
  • Copyright Information IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-15198-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-15199-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-4238
  • Series Online ISSN 1861-2288
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