Histories of Computing

  title={Histories of Computing},
  author={Michael S. Mahoney and Thomas Haigh},
Computer technology is pervasive in the modern world, its role ever more important as it becomes embedded in a myriad of physical systems and disciplinary ways of thinking. The late Michael Sean Mahoney was a pioneer scholar of the history of computing, one of the first established historians of science to take seriously the challenges and opportunities posed by information technology to our understanding of the twentieth century.Mahoneys work ranged widely, from logic and the theory of… 
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  • T. Haigh
  • Computer Science
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  • 2019
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  • Art
  • 2013
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