Defiance to compliance: Visions of the computer in postwar Britain

  title={Defiance to compliance: Visions of the computer in postwar Britain},
  author={James Sumner},
  journal={History and Technology},
  pages={309 - 333}
  • James Sumner
  • Published 2 October 2014
  • History
  • History and Technology
In a climate of profound uncertainty over Britain’s postwar status, some industrialists and policymakers sought solace in a ‘defiant modernist’ aesthetic, proposing radical technological transformations to circumvent economic constraints. The British computer industry, which briefly challenged that of the USA for technological sophistication, presents a revealing instance of this approach and its limitations. Early promoters, notably Vivian Bowden of Ferranti, shrewdly laid the rhetorical… 
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