[SIGCIS-Members] History courses in CS departments

herbert.bruderer at bluewin.ch herbert.bruderer at bluewin.ch
Wed Feb 15 11:13:02 PST 2023

Hi Evan,
I have published more than 50 blog posts on the history of computing, see
Communications of the ACM
My new two-volume book on the history of computing might be of help to you, it is available in English and German:
Bruderer, Herbert: Milestones in Analog and Digital Computing,
Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, 3rd edition 2020, 2 volumes,
2113 pages, 715 illustrations, 151 tables, translated from the German by John
McMinn, https://www.springer.com/de/book/9783030409739
Bruderer, Herbert: Meilensteine der Rechentechnik, De Gruyter
Oldenbourg, Berlin/Boston, 3. Auflage 2020, Band 1, 970 Seiten, 577
Abbildungen, 114 Tabellen, https://www.degruyter.com/view/title/567028?rskey=xoRERF&result=7
Bruderer, Herbert: Meilensteine der Rechentechnik, De Gruyter
Oldenbourg, Berlin/Boston, 3. Auflage 2020, Band 2, 1055 Seiten, 138
Abbildungen, 37 Tabellen, https://www.degruyter.com/view/title/567221?rskey=A8Y4Gb&result=4
I used the book for several courses.
Best wishes,
Herbert Bruderer
Department of Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
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Von : members at lists.sigcis.org
Datum : 15/02/2023 - 19:44 (MN)
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Betreff : Re: [SIGCIS-Members] History courses in CS departments
I am currently teaching a short course in the history of computing at Stanford, but in the "Continuing Studies" (adult education) department.
 I had previously pitched it to both the EE and CS departments. My conclusion after those discussions was that the faculty would be interested but, sadly, it was unlikely that the students would be. They are too focused on creating the next unicorn to be bothered with history.
 Len Shustek
 Founding Chairman Emeritus
 Computer History Museum
 At 09:40 AM 2/15/2023, Evan Koblentz via Members wrote:
 Hi everyone,
 I've been teaching a special topics course in computer history for three semesters here at NJIT. The university policy is three semesters maximum, then the course must be made permanent or cancelled. So I'm going through the process of trying to make it permanent.
 The department administration supports it, but it has to be voted on by the rank-and-file faculty, many of whom don't seem to understand the value of a history course -- or at least not of a history course in a technical department, rather than through our humanities college.
 It would help if I can show them other examples. Can anyone point me existing examples of history courses in CS, EE, or other technical departments at U.S. universities?
 Evan Koblentz 
 New Jersey Institute of Technology
 - Senior Writer, Office of Strategic Communications
 - Adjunct Instructor, Ying Wu College of Computing
 - Faculty/Staff Advisor, NJIT Lego Club
 evank at njit.edu
 (973) 596-3065
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