University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Digital Age (History of Science 150)
Lectures Tues/Thurs 8:50-9:40
This course provides an introduction to the history of the computer from the 1940s to the present day. Over the course of the semester, students will become familiar with major developments in computer science and technology in their historical contexts, as well as recent trends in computing and society. We learn about machines, but emphasize the study of people: the institutions, scientists, workers, and social movements that invented, facilitated, and transformed digital technology in the 20th and early 21st century.
Special Topics in the History of Science-Science and Technology in the Global Cold War (History of Science 350)
The nearly half-century conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union fundamentally shaped the practices, priorities, and social organization of science and technological enterprise. Electronics, physics, paleontology, economics, and even reasoning itself were transformed by Cold War developments. This course examines the Cold War as it played out in science and technological competition, while emphasizing the global dimensions of the conflict over resources, hearts and minds, and technical expertise .