# A Trilogy on Errors in the History of Computing

@article{Metropolis1980ATO, title={A Trilogy on Errors in the History of Computing}, author={Nick Metropolis and Jack Worlton}, journal={Annals of the History of Computing}, year={1980}, volume={2}, pages={49-59} }

This article identifies published errors and misunderstandings in three areas of the history of computing and provides the results of research intended to correct these errors. The three areas addressed are: (1) awareness of the work of Charles Babbage among the originators of modern computers; (2) the origins of the stored-program concept; (3) the distinction between the MANIAC and the IAS machine. The conclusions reached are: (1) some of the originators of modern computers were indeed aware…

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