F805 Spring 2019 80 Years of Computer History
Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Apr. 30–May 14
Instructor: Lorrin Garson
Computers have an astonishing impact on our lives. How did we get from the crude electronic machines used in World War II to mainframes, supercomputers, minicomputers, personal computers, and the Internet? What computer companies have come and gone? How did the Internet and the World Wide Web come about? What is software and how is it developed? What are computer languages? What are operating systems (Unix, Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple’s macOS) and how do they compare? How did the phenomenal growth of computer power and dramatic decrease in computer prices come about? Who have been the major personalities involved in this incredible technology? These and other relevant topics will be discussed.
Lorrin Garson is a retired chemist who was on the faculty of the University of Tennessee in the College of Pharmacy and worked at the American Chemical Society for many years in scientific publishing. He worked extensively with computers in his professional life as well as in retirement.