Another new arrival

My new copy of Howard Aiken: Portrait of a Computer Pioneer arrived from Amizon today. Ken Iverson is referenced on pages 193, 205-208, 216-217 & 237.

I was all excited to find it in my door when I got home from work today.  And then I read my mail and found out about Donald.  Now, I’m just sad.

It’s time for me to move it.  Do you get me, folks?


2 Responses to “Another new arrival”

  • The index doesn’t list page 240 as mentioning Ken, but that page has something that Ken liked to repeat. Aiken was quoted as saying that in the computer field the problem “was not to keep people from stealing your ideas, but to make them steal them”. A more picturesque version of the lesson is from
    Ken Iverson Quotations and Anecdotes:

    … one of [Howard Aiken’s] graduate students was becoming a little paranoid that somebody might steal one of the fantastic ideas from his thesis, and so he was stamping every copy “Confidential”. Aiken just shook his head and said, “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If they’re any good, you’ll have to ram them down their throats!”

  • Lovely, Roger. Thank you. Yes. In fact, even my mother has her version of this re-telling.

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