My Fascination with Computing History

Abstract : This narrative on computing history reflects the experiences of the author and his involvement with computing history over a quarter century. The discussion portrays a transition from loathing history as a student to embracing computing history as a professional. The author shows how storytelling can produce interesting excursions on technical subjects and ways in which teaching computing with history can elevate student interest. He also provides examples showing ways in which historical events could complement computing studies. The article also explains how the author’s earlier efforts in using history to teach computing led to a landmark publication and subsequent activities within IFIP leading to conferences and related publications.
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John Impagliazzo. My Fascination with Computing History. Arthur Tatnall. Reflections on the History of Computing : Preserving Memories and Sharing Stories, AICT-387, Springer, pp.385-395, 2012, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (SURVEY), ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-33899-1_22⟩. ⟨hal-01526802⟩

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