Comment on Neil Kay's paper—‘Rerun the tape of history and QWERTY always wins’

  title={Comment on Neil Kay's paper—‘Rerun the tape of history and QWERTY always wins’},
  author={W. Brian Arthur},
  journal={Research Policy},
  • W. Arthur
  • Published 1 July 2013
  • Computer Science
  • Research Policy
Every so often a paper comes along and applies theoretical reaoning to settle some particular question in history. Neil Kay’s is uch a paper, and it settles two seemingly trivial questions in techology history: whether it is a coincidence inherited from the past hat the top line of our typewriter keyboards can spell out the word YPEWRITER (Kay argues it is not); and whether it is speculation hat the keyboard’s layout was designed to prevent jamming (Kay gain argues it is not). These questions… Expand
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