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One of the goals of this course is to equip you with an intellectual toolkit for the lifelong multi-disciplinary study of computing enabling you to undertake meaningful discussion and debate as computing plays an ever more crucial role in our society and our lives. Here are some recommended resources for your toolkit:
Here are some excellent news Web sites:
Here are some Twitter feeds you can follow:
@CHM Blog - the blog of the Computer History Museum, updated weekly
I, Cringely - the blog of Robert X. Cringely, computer journalist and computer historian
John Markoff - New York Times computer journalist and computer historian
Here are some excellent radio shows available as podcasts that cover current topics in computing and relate them to the past:
Here are excellent television programs that cover the history of computing very well:
Here are some excellent magazines:
Babbage is a weekly conversation on science and technology from The Economist. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.
Big Picture Science from the SETI Institute, hosted by Seth Shostak, often covers topics related to computing.
Click from the BBC reports on how computers and digital technology affect our lives around the world.
Science in Action and Discovery are general science programs from the BBC and often cover topics related to computing.
Here is the one book to read that best introduces you to computer history:
Core Magazine - a yearly publication of the Computer History Museum Computing: A Concise History by Paul Ceruzzi.
Here are a number of excellent videos and the topics they relate to. The videos are primarily TED Talks (~15 minutes each) and from The Computer History Museum (~2-5 minutes each):
The BBC Radio 4 series In Our Time has covered many of the topics in this course, in roundtable discussion format. Related episodes may be found in its Topic 1 - Introduction
Topic 2 - Computers as an Innovation Engine (Makers + Entrepreneurship)
Topic 3 - What Are Computers Made Of (How Computers Work)
Topic 4 - Computers in the Ancient World
Topic 5 - Computers in the Steam Era (Not Hackers But Clackers)
Topic 6 - Computers in War (War as a Crucible)
Topic 7 - Computers in the Electronic Era
Topic 8 - Computers as Something to Interact With (Interactivity)
Topic 9 - Computers as Minis (Birth of the Hacker / Personalized Computers)
Topic 10 - Computers and Philosophers
Topic 11 - Computers on the Desktop (Personal Computers)
Topic 12 - Computers on the Network (The Network is the Computer)
Topic 13 - Computers in Your Hand (Ubiquitous Computing)
Topic 14 - Computers and Speed (Supercomputing)
Topic 15 - Computers as Thinking Machines (Artificial Intelligence)
Topic 16 - Computers for Communicating (Social Networking)
Topic 17 - Computers and Languages (Tower of Babel)
Topic 18 - Computer Operating Systems (By Your Command)
Topic 19 - Computer Software (Bits Not Atoms)
Topic 20 - Computers in Gaming
Topic 21 - Computers in the Arts
Topic 22 - Computers for Learning
Topic 23 - Computers as Libraries
Topic 24 - Computers as a Weapon (Cyberwarfare)
Topic 25 - Lawfare
Topic 26 - Computers in the Future
The BBC Radio 4 series Great Lives has covered many of the individuals in this course, in roundtable discussion format. Related episodes may be found in its
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