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Introducing the Early Digital

  • Thomas Haigh
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Part of the History of Computing book series (HC)

Abstract

This introductory chapter outlines the objectives of the book, explaining how adopting “early digital” as a frame can encourage new perspectives on established topics within the history of computing and productively integrate concerns from related fields such as media theory and communications history. Haigh encourages historians to take digitality seriously as an analytical category, probes the differences between analog and digital computing, and argues that the ability of a machine to follow a program is fundamentally digital. He also introduces the contributions of the individual chapters in the book, situating each within this broader analysis of digitality and its historical materiality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Haigh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Comenius Visiting ProfessorSiegen UniversitySiegenGermany

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