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Computer Science Retrospective

Video Description

Other professions are much older than the computer profession. There are notes from an accountant on the pyramids. There are street of Rome that were designed two millennia ago. There are skeletons in Chile that suggest that medicine was performed over 10,000 years ago. Yet the profession of technology and computers started in the 1950’s, making it a very young profession. This course is on some of the people and some of the advances made in technology in its short history. We will cover:
  • A Brief History of Computer Science, from the 1940s through 2007.
  • Billion Dollar Chip. We cover semiconductor manufacturing including the design and testing and manufacturing of the chip.
  • Moore’s Law. We discuss the famous rule by Gordon Moore, chairman of Intel Corporation. He said “The number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubles every 2 years.” Moore’s law has been extended to storage, processors, and other electronics.
  • Zachman Framework. From the early days of structured programming and analysis design the need for discipline and organization of systems development was a recurring theme. The Zachman Framework, discussed in this segment, provides this structure. Prior to the seminal work done by John Zachman, the emphasis in information systems development was on software development. John Zachman introduced the first steps leading away from writing programs to a rigorous design approach.

Table of Contents

  1. A Brief History of Computer Science 00:18:16
  2. Billion Dollar Chip 00:02:21
  3. Moore’s Law 00:05:24
  4. Zachman Framework 00:05:46