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"A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing"

ACS Book Launch - Cocktail Party

Registration End Date: Mon, 09 Oct, 02:00 PM

  • where

  • National Library of Australia, Level 4, Conference Room
    Parkes Pl W
    Canberra ACT 2600
  • when

  • Event Start: Mon, 09 Oct, 05:15 PM
    Event Finish: Mon, 09 Oct, 07:30 PM
  • event price

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<p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3">Australia has a long and illustrious computing history. Trevor Pearcey’s Mark 1, known as CSIRAC, dates from 1947 was one of the first electronic computers in the world. There followed a range of other remarkable achievements, from remarkable people.</font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3"> </font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3">But Australia’s computing history is not well-known. This book is the first time it has been documented from the beginning. There have been corporate histories, and academic studies of various aspects of the industry, and a great many reminiscences. But they have never previously been brought together in a comprehensive history.</font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3"> </font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3">Australians can be very proud of their computing heritage. The stories presented in this book show in Australian science, technology and business at their best. They show a willingness to have a go, to take a risk, and to think ahead. These are key attributes of the Australian character.</font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3"> </font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3">Computing is an important part of Australia’s history. It is also an important part of our future. Now, for the first time, we have a history of the industry and of the people who forged it.</font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3"> </font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Computing in Australia has many facets - academic, government, private industry, and society and the individuals within it. The 21</font><sup><font size="2">st</font></sup></font><font face="Calibri" size="3"> century information and communications technologies is all around us. But it also has an important history, one that until now has never been told.</font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3"> </font></span></i></p> <p><i><span><font face="Calibri" size="3">The book was researched and written by Graeme Philipson, a leading Australian computer journalist and computer historian. Graeme has brought to life many of the people and events that have shaped computing in Australia.</font></span></i></p>


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Anthony Wong

Anthony Wong

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Graeme Phillipson

Graeme Phillipson

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Michael James Hawkins

Michael James Hawkins

Parkes Pl W,Canberra,ACT,Australia

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