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I decided to continue the material more or less seamlessly, and to call the result a second edition of COMPUTER rather than a separate book. There are no pictures this time, although I have many more to display. Errors that I am aware of in the first edition have been corrected, although I am sure there are others, and not a few in the new material.
The table of contents and the chronology have been extended.
What I wanted to do was to weave an exceedingly rich and complex fabric, with a warp of computer history but a filling, a woof, of wives and friends and travels. Think of my magnificently complicated life as a huge multi-dimensional data bank.
The totality is the autobiography - millions and millions of bytes.
was converted to HTML for the Web by Frank da Cruz in May 2003 for the Columbia University Computing History Project with permission and collaboration of Dr. This is a manuscript of the 3rd edition, a work in progress sponsored by the US National Science Foundation.
The first edition was published by Third Millenium Books, Novato, California, in 1991 and as noted below, copyright was reassigned to the author upon breakup of that company. Grosch says "make sure it's as generous as possible.
As Schenectady became Ilion, so could Endicott become, say, Watsonville, and the shoe workers could parade past the IBM factory shouting "While you're thinking, we're drinking! But the themes would have to be spare, or the satire would be blunted.
This is a poor substitute for a careful index, and I apologize. I was a charter member of the world's first and largest professional computer society, and the first national president ever elected by membership petition.
If I ever complete the 1967-87 years, which is possible but not too likely, I will then undertake a full index. To look back from that cusp to a younger and happier time, when anything seemed possible and the world of computing was just opening out, is a great privilege, and a very great pleasure. I worked in Monaco and Switzerland and the Netherlands when I was too controversial to be employable in the U.
Slice it along the time axis and you have histories: big computers, software, the evolution of standards.
Slice it another way and you have applications: science, or banking, or air defense; another, and you have organizations.