The History of Computing in Colour

Speaker: Martin Campbell-Kelly
Date: Thu 10th April 2014
Time: 14:30

Fellows Library of the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD

About the seminar

In his foreword to The Second World War in Colour (1999) Ludovic Kennedy noted "Historically, we had to make do with black and white ... but colour makes a much greater impact and shows many details than the same thing in black and white." The same is true for the history of computing. Because coloured images were costly and usually created for publicity purposes they offer a different perspective to the usual monochrome images. This lecture explores some unusual pathways in the development of information processing, from Edwardian databases to the mainframe-design zeitgeist.

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