Skip to content
Back to outputs

Contested histories: de-mythologising the early history of modern British computing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Standard

Contested histories: de-mythologising the early history of modern British computing. / Anderson, David.

History of computing: learning from the past. ed. / A. Tatnall. 325. ed. Springer, 2010. p. 58-67 (AFIP Advances in ICT; No. 325).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Harvard

Anderson, D 2010, Contested histories: de-mythologising the early history of modern British computing. in A Tatnall (ed.), History of computing: learning from the past. 325 edn, AFIP Advances in ICT, no. 325, Springer, pp. 58-67.

APA

Anderson, D. (2010). Contested histories: de-mythologising the early history of modern British computing. In A. Tatnall (Ed.), History of computing: learning from the past (325 ed., pp. 58-67). (AFIP Advances in ICT; No. 325). Springer.

Vancouver

Anderson D. Contested histories: de-mythologising the early history of modern British computing. In Tatnall A, editor, History of computing: learning from the past. 325 ed. Springer. 2010. p. 58-67. (AFIP Advances in ICT; 325).

Author

Anderson, David. / Contested histories: de-mythologising the early history of modern British computing. History of computing: learning from the past. editor / A. Tatnall. 325. ed. Springer, 2010. pp. 58-67 (AFIP Advances in ICT; 325).

Bibtex

@inbook{b87d9def132144f6850e736c13b13a1e,
title = "Contested histories: de-mythologising the early history of modern British computing",
abstract = "A challenge is presented to the usual account of the development of the Manchester Baby which focuses on the contribution made to the project by the topologist M.H.A. (Max) Newman and other members of the Dept. of Mathematics. Based on an extensive re-examination of the primary source material, it is suggested that a very much more significant role was played by mathematicians than is allowed for in the dominant discourse. It is shown that there was a single computer-building project at Manchester in the years immediately following World War II and that it was conceived, led, funded, supplied and staffed by Newman who was supported throughout by his long-time friend P.M.S. (Patrick) Blackett. In the course of the paper three persistent myths, which lend support to the dominant narrative, are identified and debunked.",
author = "David Anderson",
note = "Additional Information: This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference on the History of Computing, HC 2010, held as part of the 21st World Computer Congress, WCC 2010, in Brisbane, Australia, in September 2010. The 22 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. The papers cover a broad scope of topics relating to the history of computing written both by historians and by those who were involved in creating this history, ranging from computing hardware, software and computer applications (including education) to social aspects of computing..",
year = "2010",
language = "English",
isbn = "9783642151996",
series = "AFIP Advances in ICT",
publisher = "Springer",
number = "325",
pages = "58--67",
editor = "A. Tatnall",
booktitle = "History of computing: learning from the past",
edition = "325",

}

RIS

TY - CHAP

T1 - Contested histories: de-mythologising the early history of modern British computing

AU - Anderson, David

N1 - Additional Information: This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference on the History of Computing, HC 2010, held as part of the 21st World Computer Congress, WCC 2010, in Brisbane, Australia, in September 2010. The 22 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. The papers cover a broad scope of topics relating to the history of computing written both by historians and by those who were involved in creating this history, ranging from computing hardware, software and computer applications (including education) to social aspects of computing..

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - A challenge is presented to the usual account of the development of the Manchester Baby which focuses on the contribution made to the project by the topologist M.H.A. (Max) Newman and other members of the Dept. of Mathematics. Based on an extensive re-examination of the primary source material, it is suggested that a very much more significant role was played by mathematicians than is allowed for in the dominant discourse. It is shown that there was a single computer-building project at Manchester in the years immediately following World War II and that it was conceived, led, funded, supplied and staffed by Newman who was supported throughout by his long-time friend P.M.S. (Patrick) Blackett. In the course of the paper three persistent myths, which lend support to the dominant narrative, are identified and debunked.

AB - A challenge is presented to the usual account of the development of the Manchester Baby which focuses on the contribution made to the project by the topologist M.H.A. (Max) Newman and other members of the Dept. of Mathematics. Based on an extensive re-examination of the primary source material, it is suggested that a very much more significant role was played by mathematicians than is allowed for in the dominant discourse. It is shown that there was a single computer-building project at Manchester in the years immediately following World War II and that it was conceived, led, funded, supplied and staffed by Newman who was supported throughout by his long-time friend P.M.S. (Patrick) Blackett. In the course of the paper three persistent myths, which lend support to the dominant narrative, are identified and debunked.

M3 - Chapter (peer-reviewed)

SN - 9783642151996

T3 - AFIP Advances in ICT

SP - 58

EP - 67

BT - History of computing: learning from the past

A2 - Tatnall, A.

PB - Springer

ER -

ID: 60029