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Defining American Greatness
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Defining American Greatness: IBM from Watson to Trump

Reflections on a firm that encapsulated the American Century.

Colossal Genius
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Colossal Genius: Tutte, Flowers, and a Bad Imitation of Turing

Reflections on pioneering code-breaking efforts.

How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World
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How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World

His 1963 Integrated Data Store set the template for all subsequent database management systems.

Where Code Comes From
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Where Code Comes From: Architectures of Automatic Control from Babbage to Algol

Considering the evolving concept of programming.

Innovators Assemble
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Innovators Assemble: Ada Lovelace, Walter Isaacson, and the Superheroines of Computing

Can computing history be both inspiring and accurate?

The Tears of Donald Knuth
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The Tears of Donald Knuth

Has the history of computing taken a tragic turn?

We Have Never Been Digital
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We Have Never Been Digital

Reflections on the intersection of computing and the humanities.

Actually, Turing Did Not Invent the Computer
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Actually, Turing Did Not Invent the Computer

Separating the origins of computer science and technology.

Software and Souls; Programs and Packages
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Software and Souls; Programs and Packages

How can historians tell stories about software without focusing solely on the code itself?

Five Lessons from Really Good History
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Five Lessons from Really Good History

Lessons learned from four award-winning books on the history of information technology.

Seven Lessons From Bad History
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Seven Lessons From Bad History

Journalists, historians, and the invention of email.

The IBM PC
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The IBM PC: From Beige Box to Industry Standard

Looking back at three decades of PC platform evolution.
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