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A New History of Modern Computing: Book Release

April 29 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

cover of book A New History of Modern ComputingJoin us to celebrate the release of UWM Professor of History Tom Haigh’s newest book, A New History of Modern Computing (co-authored with Paul Ceruzzi), from MIT Press.

The event is offered in-person and online. Those attending in-person will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book from a Boswell Book Company representative and have it signed by the author.

From MIT Press: “Over the past fifty years, the computer has been transformed from a hulking scientific supertool and data processing workhorse, remote from the experiences of ordinary people, to a diverse family of devices that billions rely on to play games, shop, stream music and movies, communicate, and count their steps. In A New History of Modern Computing, Thomas Haigh and Paul Ceruzzi trace these changes. A comprehensive reimagining of Ceruzzi’s A History of Modern Computing, this new volume uses each chapter to recount one such transformation, describing how a particular community of users and producers remade the computer into something new.

“Haigh and Ceruzzi ground their accounts of these computing revolutions in the longer and deeper history of computing technology. They begin with the story of the 1945 ENIAC computer, which introduced the vocabulary of “programs” and “programming,” and proceed through email, pocket calculators, personal computers, the World Wide Web, videogames, smart phones, and our current world of computers everywhere—in phones, cars, appliances, watches, and more. Finally, they consider the Tesla Model S as an object that simultaneously embodies many strands of computing.”

Registration for both the in-person and online event is required.

The talk will be held in the UWM Digital Humanities Lab, second floor east wing, Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee.


April 29
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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