A Computational Conundrum: “What is a Computer?” A Historical Overview

Minds and Machines 28 (3):375-383 (2018)

Istvan Stephen Norman Berkeley
The University of Louisiana At Lafayette
This introduction begins by posing the question that this Special Issue addresses and briefly considers historical precedents and why the issue is important. The discussion then moves on to the consideration of important milestones in the history of computing, up until the present time. A brief specification of the essential components of computational systems is then offered. The final section introduces the papers that are included in this volume.
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