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January 17, 2006

Book: When Computers Were Human

The following is from the publisher's web page for the book When Computers Were Human by David Alan Grier:

Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term "computer" referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable people who, in other circumstances, might have become scientists in their own right. When Computers Were Human represents the first in-depth account of this little-known, 200-year epoch in the history of science and technology.

It looks like a good read. And the topic certainly raises the question, if "computer," "compiler," and "assembler" once referred to people but now refer to computer hardware and software, will "programmer" be next?

Posted by Robert at January 17, 2006 8:14 AM
category: History of Computing

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