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CS 300: The Computing Professional: History Research Project Topics

A LibGuide to assist students in CS 300 with their history and ethics research projects.

History Topic Suggestions

Abacus
Ada Lovelace
Adele Goldberg
AI
Alan Turing
Alonzo Church
Altair
Anita Borg
Any programming language
AOL
Apple
ARPANET
Automotive Software
Barbara Liskov
BBN
Bill Gates
Blaise Pascal
Bletchley Park
Blogging
Bob Metcalfe
Charles Babbage
Cloud Computing
Colossus
Compaq
Database Systems
Difference Engine
Donna Dubinsky
DOS
Email
ENIAC
Enigma
Ethernet
Euclid
Facebook
Frances Allen
Functional Programming
Gaming
Gertrude Blanch
GNU/FSF
Grace Hopper
Harvard Mark I
Hollerith
Homebrew Computing Club
HP
IBM
IBM-PC
Intel
Jean Bartik
Jean Sammet
Jon Postel
Jon von Neumann
Kevin Mitnick
Konrad Zuse
Larry Page
Linus Torvalds
Linux
Macintosh
Malware
Marc Andriessen
Maria Klawe
Marissa Mayer
Mark Zuckerberg
Michael Dell
Microsoft
MUDs/MMORPGs
Myspace
Netscape
Oracle
Social Networking
Spreadsheets
Steve Jobs
Steve Wozniak
T.J. Watson
TCP/IP
Twitter
Unix
Usenet
Viruses
Windows
Word Processing
World-Wide Web
Xerox PARC
YouTube
and more...

Google Book Search

Google Books allows you to search approximately 30 million books. While not able to provide full text for in-copyright works, this type of research can still be helpful.

Inspiration

ada lovelace book coverWe have a graphic novel on Ada Lovelace (The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage), arguably the first computer programmer ever. She wrote the first algorithm in the 1840s. 

ada lovelace comic


From the SciShow Channel on YouTube: Ada Lovelace: Great Minds, a short video about her.


Calculating Ada The Countess of Computers

Ada Lovelace was a most unlikely computer pioneer. In this film, Dr Hannah Fry tells the story of Ada's remarkable life. Born in the early 19th century Ada was a countess of the realm, a scandalous socialite and an 'enchantress of numbers'. The film is an enthralling tale of how a life infused with brilliance, but blighted by illness and gambling addiction, helped give rise to the modern era of computing.

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