2022-05-18 Becoming Universal: A New History of Modern Computing - Thomas Haigh

A joint Chicago Chapter ACM / Loyola University Computer Science Department meeting

Becoming Universal: A New History of Modern Computing

Speaker: Thomas Haigh

 Professor of History, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Talk, book launch and signing event

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase with cash or credit card.

Wednesday, May 18, 2020

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus

1032 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

Cuneo Hall, Room CH210

or attend via Zoom, see instructions below

Live at Loyola University in Chicago and Simulcast on Zoom

Over the past fifty years, the computer has been transformed from a hulking scientific supertool and data processing workhorse, remote from the experiences of ordinary people to a diverse family of devices that billions rely on to play games, shop, stream music and movies, communicate, and count their steps. In A New History of Modern Computing (MIT Press, 2021), co-authors Thomas Haigh and Paul Ceruzzi traced these changes to recount how these transformations and the community of users and producers remade the computer into something new.

The book tells the history of electronic computing as a series of transitions, in which particular groups of users remake the computer to fit their needs whether as a scientific tool, a real-time control system, a communications medium, or a publishing platform.

Our speaker, Thomas Haigh, will summarize some of the key features of the new book, looking both at the specific choices made in structuring the first new scholarly overview history of computing to appear in decades and at the general insights of the history of computing community that the authors were able to draw on in writing the book.


Thomas Haigh is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Comenius Visiting Professor at Siegen University, and the coauthor of ENIAC in Action: Making and Remaking the Modern Computer (MIT Press).

Tom is the columnist for “Historical Reflections” in the ACM flagship journal, Communications of the ACM. His articles in CACM include “Becoming Universal” (2/2022), “Hey Google, What’s a Moonshot”, and “The Tears of Donald Knuth”.

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Loyola University, Lake Shore Campus, is in the East Rogers Park area of Chicago. The talk is in Cuneo Hall, CH 210, a few minutes east of the parking facility off of Sheridan Rd. On the campus map, Cuneo Hall is building 21.

Loyola University requires proof of vaccination. Masks are not required in the presentation space.


(Times are Central Standard Time)

6:00 pm - Brief introductions

6:05 pm - Talk by Thomas Haigh

7:10 pm - Q&A

7:30 pm - End


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