Antedating of "Computer"

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Wed Jan 26 02:06:58 UTC 2005

In a message dated  Mon, 24 Jan 2005 13:56:43 -0500,  Fred Shapiro
<fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> writes
>  I have previously antedated "computer" in its modern (machine) sense.

Could you please give us the citation?  The earliest I know of is 1943 (from
Goldstine discussing the ENIAC committee) and there is no reason to conclude
this was an original coinage.  (I will be happy to repost this cite if anyone

     - Jim Landau

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