History of Computing
This is a special course that I will be giving during
this semester for students from Stanford
University and FU Berlin. Students of the FU Berlin can get the "Schein"
for Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Informatik and students of the Stanford University will get 2 hours of credit. The lectures will
be in English and ocasionally in German. We will record some lectures and
will send them through the Internet.
There is a limited number of places available for this course.
Send me an e-mail if you want to take part (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Places will be awarded on a first come first served basis.
Mon 14:15-16:00, starting on
Takustraße 9, SR 049
The course will give the students a panoramic view of the
history of computing in the 20th century. Ideally, students who successfully
complete this course will improve their understanding of how the field
of computing developed and matured. They will be expected to be aware of
the principal people, places, and events that shaped the industry. Such
students will appreciate the broad sweep of this branch of history and
be able to relate it to the social and scientific changes that were taking
place during the same time frames.
This is a presentation based course. Every student will
work on a specific project and will write an essay about a specific machine
or event in the history of computing. The essay will be put on a web site,
together with the transcript of each lecture.
A Topic will be covered in a weekly 90 minutes presentation.
The presentations will also be available in the Internet. As soon as they
are held, you can use a link below.
Other books for each topic will be specified during the course.
Raul Rojas, Ulf Hashagen (eds), The First Computers, MIT
Press, Cambridge, 2000.
Raul Rojas (ed.), Encyclopedia of Computers and Computer
History, Fitzroy Deaborn, NY, 2001.
2001-05-18 Happy Birthday to Stanford Berlin: Stanford
Letzte Änderung am 20. Juli 2001 (Gerald