[SIGCIS-Members] The latest inventor of the computer

david nofre d.nofre at gmail.com
Sat Mar 25 09:14:44 PDT 2017

Dear David,

In addition to the already mentioned literature, you could have a look to
this: Stephanie Dick has written a highly recommendable overview of the
state of the art in the recently published *A Companion to the History of
American Science* (Blackwell)[chapter "Computer Science"]. It includes, if
I recall right, references to Mark Priestley's *A Science of Operations*,
the classic work of Michael Mahoney's "The Search for a Mathematical
Theory", the most recent work on the stored-program concept by Tom Haigh
and Mark Priestley, as well as the sociological analysis provided by Nathan
Ensmenger and Janet Abbate in their respective books. William Aspray's
dissertation "From Mathematical Constructivity to Computer Science" is
still very valuable and should be added to this list, as well as Liesbeth
de Mol's extensive and original work on Post.

Hope this helps!

David Nofre

On 24 March 2017 at 20:16, David Hemmendinger <hemmendd at union.edu> wrote:

> >Would you (or someone else reading this) happen to have a good
> >bibliography on the history of computer science -- such as it exists
> >that could be shared with me (this list)?
>         I can recommend several articles on the (internalist) history
> of formal languages, automata theory, and recursive functions.  They
> have further bibliographies that may be helpful.   Parts of the articles
> are somewhat technical.
>         The first three are from the Annals 3:1 (1981), special issue on
> the theory of computing:
> Sheila Greibach, Formal Languages: Origins and Directions, pp 14-41
> Juris Hartmanis, Observations About the Development of Theoretical
>         Computer Science, pp 42-51
> Stephen Kleene, Origins of Recursive Function Theory, pp 52-67.
> Lance Fortnow & Steve Homer, A Short History of Computational Complexity,
>         Bulletin of the European Association for Theoretical Computer
> Science,
>         2003; https://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~fortnow/papers/history.pdf .
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