Evolution of Information Technology
If a student is invited by a teacher to write an essay on the history of computers, the probability is that it will begin with a collection of potted biographies from the pantheon of computing: Blaise Pascal, Leibnitz, Babbage and his remarkable associate Ada, Lady Lovelace, not forgetting Turing and Von Neumann whose names have become part of the fundamentals of computer science. We can and should regard their intellect and achievements with the greatest respect, and find the accounts of their work interesting and absorbing, but if one asks how much this aspect of computer history will contribute to a practical understanding of computers and their uses at the present day, the answer is — very little.
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