Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 20 22:08:28 UTC 2011

There is a reason I put UNIVAC in all-caps ;-)

At no point did I imply that the partition "uni-vac" had anything to do
with the naming of the computer.


On 1/20/2011 4:02 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
> Just a quick interjection -- I believe Univac stood for UNIVersal
> Automatic Computer. I would still think Asimov was playing on the word
> when he coined "Multivac".
> DanG
> On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 2:53 PM, victor steinbok<aardvark66 at>  wrote:
>> Don't know about the original intent, but, I suspect, Asimov's usage
>> was a joke on the original UNIVAC. If you have a uni-vac, why not a
>> multi-vac? I wonder if the same logic went into Jon Lighter's
>> colleague's "coinage".

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