humanities computing, cont. (69)

Thu, 23 Feb 89 00:23:46 EST

Humanist Mailing List, Vol. 2, No. 636. Thursday, 23 Feb 1989.

(1) Date: Tue, 21 Feb 89 23:58:53 EST (43 lines)
From: connie crosby <CROSBY@UOGUELPH>
Subject: Comprehensive Humanities Surveys

(2) Date: Wed, 22 Feb 89 15:00:53 EST (6 lines)
From: Joseph Raben <JQRBH@cunyvm.uucp>
Subject: Hughes' address

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Date: Tue, 21 Feb 89 23:58:53 EST
From: connie crosby <CROSBY@UOGUELPH>
Subject: Comprehensive Humanities Surveys

Benoit Laplante asks if anything in the way of a comprehensive book has
been published in the last few years, and Joseph Raben replies that
there has been "no comprehensive survey" since Hockey and Oakman's books.

Both of these books have been very helpful to me, and should still be
consulted, but I have found something "new and improved" and would like to
recommend it to everyone here. It is called <Computing in the Humanities
and Social Sciences> Volume I: Fundamentals by Robert S. Tannenbaum
published by Computer Science Press, Inc. in 1988.

This particular book deals with, as the title indicates, fundamentals.
It takes a complete vview of the history of computing concepts, the
development of hardware and software, using programming in problem solving,
and many other basics such as input / output devices, text processors,
DBMS, spreadsheets, operating systems, and electronic communication.
As the title also indicates, this is aimed at both humanities and social
science scholars, so it should be an excellent start for Mr. Raben.

Although some specific applications are indicated in this volume, Volume II
is supposed to deal with specific applications. Volume II was to be
published this year. However, I believe it is to be published under a
different title. I am hoping that if Mr. Tannenbaum is currently taking part
in HUMANIST, he can give us the correct information on this.

An outline of what will be contained in Volume II is being or has been
published in an issue of <Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology>
under the article title "Computers and the Humanities".

I should indicate to any educators that Volume I is set up like a text book
with chapter summaries, "key vocabulary", questions, and complete references
for each chapter. I think this would be a terrific resource for the
humanities / social sciences classroom !

Hope this helps Joseph Raben and others!

Connie Crosby
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
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Date: Wed, 22 Feb 89 15:00:53 EST
From: Joseph Raben <JQRBH@cunyvm.uucp>
Subject: Hughes' address

I have been reminded that, in my plug for John Hughes's book and newsletter,
I neglected to give his Bitnet address. It is xb.j24@stanford.