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Dawn of the Computer Age: Moffitt Library Exhibit at UC Berkeley, Opening Oct. 15

Dates: October 15, 2013 – February 15, 2014

Location: Moffitt Undergraduate Library Lobby, UC Berkeley

In March of 1953 there were 53 kilobytes of high-speed random-access memory on planet Earth. As of 2013, you can put 64 gb of memory in your pocket for $399.

George Dyson’s Turing’s Cathedral tells part of the story of the sixty years between these two milestones, and is also the focus of this year’s “On the Same Page” program, which gives the UC Berkeley campus community something to talk about. The program theme is The Dawn of the Computer Age, which refers both to the time period in which the ENIAC and MANIAC computers were created and also to our own day and age, when progress in technology is occurring so fast that we are only beginning to see and understand the repercussions of the computer age. Check the “On the Same Page” web site (http://onthesamepage.berkeley.edu) for details on the many opportunities for participating in this campus-wide discussion, both online and in person.

The new exhibit at Moffitt Library celebrates the “Dawn of the Computer Age” and features copies of two of Alan Turing’s most influential journal articles, a Tiny Turing Machine, images of early computing machines, a live view of the campus Turing Test Tournament, a video of Professor Christos Papadimitriou of the Computer Science department explaining the significance of Turing’s work, and a brief history of personal computer hardware (PDP-8, anyone?).

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