History of Computing and Telecommunications

Semester:
8ο
Course Type:
Elective Specialization courses (ΠΜ-E)
Track:
CS (Computer Science), CΕT (Computer Engineering and Telecoms)
Code:
ΥΣ20
ECTS:
4
TEACHING HOURS per week
Theory:
3
Seminar:
-
Laboratory:
-
Specializations
Foundations of Computer Science (Ε1):
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Data and Knowledge Management (Ε2):
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Software (Ε3):
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Hardware and Architecture (Ε4):
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Communications and Networking (Ε5):
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Signal and Information Processing (Ε6):
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Related Courses
Course Content

The course covers the following topics:

  1. Computing and telecommunications before modernity; Computing and telecommunications in modernity, before the electronic era
  2. The emergence and establishment of the digital-analog demarcation; The emergence and establishment of the hardware-software demarcation
  3. From mainframes to personal computers
  4. History of the internet, the world wide web, the social media
  5. History of artificial intelligence, big data, robotics
  6. Introduction to the history of online computing (e.g. regulation, control, automation) and telecommunications (e.g. multiplexing, loading), as based on negative feedback circuits
  7. The deep tradition of military fire-control computing (ballistics) and communication technologies
  8. Linking the history of computing and telecommunications to the history of biology, medicine, biomedicine, biotechnology; history of bioinformatics
  9. Linking the history of computing and telecommunications to environmental history
  10. Gender issues in the history of computing and telecommunications
  11. The history of computing and telecommunications in Greece
  12. The public image of the history of computing and telecommunications; digital history; digital heritage
  13. Use of digital humanities in the history of computing and telecommunications
LITERATURE AND STUDY MATERIALS - READING LIST

  • Textbook: Aristotle Tympas, Analog Labor, Digital Capital: A History of Computing in Energy and Communication, Athens: Angelus Novus, 2018 (in Greek).

  • A wide range of articles and chapters (in English) on the history of computing and telecommunications