Notes for Dennis Shasha and Cathy Lazere Out of Their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists

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Introduction

Seminal thinkers of computer science worked in recent past, compelling different historical methods.

Computer defined as calculating engine and memory for storing instructions and data.

(ix) In most sciences, the seminal thinkers lived in the remote past. To uncover what they did and why they did it, we must scavenge in the historical record, picking among scraps of information, trying to separate facts from mythology.
(ix) Computer science is different. The mathematicians who first studied computation in its current form—Alan Turing, Emil Post, and Alonzo Church—did their work in the 1930s and 1940s. Their conception of the computer is one we still live with: a calculating engine and a memory for storing instructions as well as data.


Shasha, Dennis and Cathy Lazere. Out of Their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists. New York: Copernicus, 1995. Print.