This course covers the origins and evolution of computing, beginning with early manual computation and going through today (when we even have computers on Mars!). It follows the series of innovations and discoveries that led to the modern computer, the Internet, the Web, and new computing devices such as tablet computers and smart phones. Along the way we will meet several luminaries of the field, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Claude Shannon, Grace Hopper, John von Neumann, and others. We will discuss the role of computers in issues such as privacy, communication, job automation, warfare, artificial intelligence, and more.  

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The first class meeting will be Monday, September 26. Stay tuned!