History of Computing

Introduction

Our goal, with Professor George K. Thiruvathukal and Professor David Dennis, is to synthesize the field of Computer Science and Cultural History. We aim to go beyond the traditional narratives of computational historiography, in which linear technological developments are focused upon. Instead, it seeks to provide a more fulfilling explanation of The History of Computing, by explaining the cultural aspects that led to the information age, an overview of how the advent of new computational technology led to significant cultural shifts, while also showing a clear timeline of significant developments in the sphere of computing.

Abstract

Technically, we would like to create a site that compares and contrasts the historical timelines in both the History of Computing and the History of Culture. This solves a separate problem about the field of the History of Computing, there are not many aesthetically pleasing condensed summaries for readers without the time to read a whole book, and there are none that also take into account the aspect of Culture within the history of computing.

Currently, the code is being hosted on a personal repo, this is subject to change to a more streamlined process in the coming weeks.

The first version of the documentation has been published too.

Publications

The idea of the book, which will be our historical basis, was first presented at the CSTEMER 2017 conference: “Computer Science and Cultural History: A Dialogue” by David B. Dennis and George K. Thiruvathukal

A textbook titled The History of Computing is forthcoming!

Presentations

By the end of the year, we would like our website to be presentable to the public!

We may also present on ACM SIGCIS 2020 if accepted!

Tech Reports

Specifically, the ‘stack’ is as follows. The website is hosted on a single React page, where separate pages are loaded as components and containers. The pipeline is updated through git, where a new push to the master branch updates the site. Each ‘event’ in the timeline on the website is formatted in Markdown. (The stack is subject to change a little)

Faculty Advisors