Digital history roderick floud 28 may 2013

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Digital history roderick floud 28 may 2013

  1. 1. From computers and history todigital history: a retrospectiveRoderick FloudProvost, Gresham Collegewww.gresham.ac.uk
  2. 2. From Newton to theKDF9The first decadewww.gresham.ac.uk 2IsaacNewtonPaper tape KDF9 computer
  3. 3. Teamwork in the1950s“British EconomicGrowth, 1688-1959was possibly the mostinfluential single workof the last half-centuryin this country”E. A. Wrigley“It opened up the fieldand opened doors forothers.”StephenBroadberrywww.gresham.ac.uk C3Simon Kuznets Phyllis DeaneW.A. (Max) Cole Charles Feinstein
  4. 4. IBM 360 to theiPhoneThe nextdecadeswww.gresham.ac.uk 4From punch cards..to bubble memory…to laptops …and the iPhone1960s1980s2000s
  5. 5. Individualisticteamwork: The neweconomic history“We do not add anyparticular dimensionin economics. We justuse their tools toexplain the past.”Douglass North“Economic historygives the opportunityfor arbitrage.”Deirdre McCloskeywww.gresham.ac.uk 5
  6. 6. Leadership andambition inpopulation history“Our ambition, whichset us apart from theleading demographicinstitutes of France,was to linkdemography to socialand economic change… as a means tounderstanding thewider economy.”E.A. (Tony) Wrigleywww.gresham.ac.uk 6
  7. 7. Teamwork:AnthropometricHistory“Braudel believed strongly inwhat he called ‘inter-science’,which was for him more thanjust the rhetoric ofinterdisciplinarity. Rather, itrepresented the ecumenicalcoming together of scholarspursuing a single enterprise,in which history and socialscience were part of anundifferentiated cloth ofsocial analysis.”I. Wallerstein 2003www.gresham.ac.uk 7
  8. 8. Luck“You’ve got to belucky”R. W. (Bob) Fogel“The important wordsin science are not‘Eureka’, but ‘that’sfunny’”Isaac Asimovwww.gresham.ac.uk 8

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