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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 329.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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       [1] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi (36)
             Subject: Paul Ceruzzi on "History of Modern Computing"

       [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (126)
             Subject: new books

             Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 06:27:01 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi
             Subject: Paul Ceruzzi on "History of Modern Computing"

    A History of Modern Computing
    second edition
    Paul E. Ceruzzi

    This engaging history covers modern computing from the development of the
    first electronic digital computer through the dot-com crash. The author
    concentrates on five key moments of transition: the transformation of the
    computer in the late 1940s from a specialized scientific instrument to a
    commercial product; the emergence of small systems in the late 1960s; the
    beginning of personal computing in the 1970s; the spread of networking
    after 1985; and, in a chapter written for this edition, the period
    1995-2001. The new material focuses on the Microsoft antitrust suit, the
    rise and fall of the dot-coms, and the advent of open source software,
    particularly Linux.

    Within the chronological narrative, the book traces several overlapping
    threads: the evolution of the computer's internal design; the effect of
    economic trends and the Cold War; the long-term role of IBM as a player
    and as a target for upstart entrepreneurs; the growth of software from a
    hidden element to a major character in the story of computing; and the
    recurring issue of the place of information and computing in a democratic
    society. The focus is on the United States (though Europe and Japan enter
    the story at crucial points), on computing per se rather than on
    applications such as artificial intelligence, and on systems that were
    sold commercially and installed in quantities.

    Paul E. Ceruzzi is Curator of Aerospace Electronics and Computing at the
    National Air and Space Museum.

    6 x 9, 488 pp., 69 ilus,, paper, ISBN 0-262-53203-4
    History of Computing series

    David Weininger
    Associate Publicist
    The MIT Press
    5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor
    Cambridge, MA 02142
    617 253 2079
    617 253 1709 fax

             Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 06:31:40 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: new books

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following new book:


    Studies of Science and Technology: Looking Back, Ahead

    edited by

    Bernward Joerges
    Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin f. Sozialforschung (WZB), Technische
    Universität Berlin, Germany

    Helga Nowotny
    ETH Zürich, Switzerland



    This volume brings together contributions that resemble spotlights thrown
    on the past twenty-five years of science and technology studies. The
    contributions cover a broad range: history of science; science and
    politics; science and contemporary democracy; science and the public;
    science and the constitution; science and metaphors; and science and
    modernity. The contributors provide a critical overview of how the field of
    science and technology studies has emerged and developed. While assessing
    major achievements and potential, they also cast a critical view on
    deficiencies; provide a diagnosis of where we stand at present and
    articulate thoughtful concerns about where to go from here.
    The 2002 Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook provides ideal teaching
    material for discussion in class.
    Social Studies of Science and Technology: Looking Back, Ahead is for
    practising professionals and students in social studies of science and
    technology. It is also relevant to social scientists who realize the
    importance of science and technology in contemporary society and to natural
    scientists who want to find out what this field has to offer.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1481-3 Date: September 2003 Pages: 324 pp.
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    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1482-1 Date: September 2003 Pages: 324 pp.
    EURO 35.00 / USD 39.00 / GBP 25.00

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following new book:


    Law and Intellectual Property
    Seeking Strategies for Research and Teaching in a Developing Field

    edited by

    Ove Granstand
    Dept. of Industrial Management & Economics, Chalmers University of
    Technology, Göteborg, Sweden

    Intellectual property has rapidly become one of the most important, as well
    as most controversial, subjects in recent years amongst productive thinkers
    of many kinds all over the world. Scientific work and technological
    progress now depend largely on questions of who owns what, as do the
    success and profits of countless authors, artists, inventors, researchers
    and industrialists. Economic, legal and ethical issues play a central role
    in the increasingly complex balance between unilateral gains and universal
    benefits from the "knowledge society". Economics, Law and Intellectual
    Property explores the field in both depth and breadth through the latest
    views of leading experts in Europe and the United States. It provides a
    fundamental understanding of the problems and potential solutions, not only
    in doing practical business with ideas and innovations, but also on the
    level of institutions that influence such business. Addressing a range of
    readers from individual scholars to company managers and policy makers, it
    gives a unique perspective on current developments.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7708-4 Date: December 2003 Pages: 578 pp.
    EURO 149.00 / USD 164.00 / GBP 95.00

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following new book:


    Mathematical Thought


    Chikara Sasaki
    Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan



    Covering both the history of mathematics and of philosophy, Descartes's
    Mathematical Thought reconstructs the intellectual career of Descartes most
    comprehensively and originally in a global perspective including the
    history of early modern China and Japan. Especially, it shows what the
    concept of "mathesis universalis" meant before and during the period of
    Descartes and how it influenced the young Descartes. In fact, it was the
    most fundamental mathematical discipline during the seventeenth century,
    and for Descartes a key notion which may have led to his novel mathematics
    of algebraic analysis.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1746-4 Date: December 2003 Pages: 488 pp.
    EURO 144.00 / USD 158.00 / GBP 99.00

    Kluwer is pleased to announce the publication of the following new book:


    of Philosophical Logic, Second Edition
    Volume 10

    edited by

    Dov M. Gabbay
    Dept. of Computer Science, King's College, London, UK

    F. Guenthner
    Zentrum für Informations- und Sprachverarbeitung,
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany



    The first edition of the Handbook of Philosophical Logic (four volumes) was
    published in the period 1983-1989 and has proven to be an invaluable
    reference work to both students and researchers in formal philosophy,
    language and logic.
    The second edition of the Handbook is intended to comprise some 18 volumes
    and will provide a very up-to-date authoritative, in-depth coverage of all
    major topics in philosophical logic and its applications in many
    cutting-edge fields relating to computer science, language, argumentation,
    The volumes will no longer be as topic-oriented as with the first edition
    because of the way the subject has evolved over the last 15 years or so.
    However the volumes will follow some natural groupings of chapters.
    Audience: Students and researchers whose work or interests involve
    philosophical logic and its applications.
    Special Offer
    A special 15% discount on list prices applies when placing a
    standing/continuation order for all 18 volumes in this series
    (Please refer to promotional code 738020 when ordering.)

         * Editorial Preface; D.M. Gabbay.
         * Modal Epistemic and Doxastic Logic; J.-J.Ch. Meyer.
         * Reference and Information Content: Names and Descriptions; N. Salmon.
         * Indexicals; G. Forbes.
         * Propositional Attitudes; R. Bäuerle, M.J. Cresswell.
         * Property Theories; G. Bealer, U. Mönnich.
         * Mass Expressions; F.J. Pelletier, L.K. Schubert. Index.

    Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-1644-1 Date: November 2003 Pages: 361 pp.
    EURO 129.00 / USD 142.00 / GBP 89.00

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