Review Essay: Alice Burks, 'Who Invented the Computer? The Legal Battle That Changed Computing'
Douglas J. Sylvester
Arizona State University - College of Law
Jurimetrics, Vol. 44, pp. 367-84, 2004
Alice Burks' book, 'Who Invented the Computer?' attempts to answer, once and for all, the question of who is the computer's true inventor. The book focuses on a patent infringement trial that, according to Burks, provides nearly all the answers to this question. This review questions those claims and examines the use of legal materials to support historical claims.
Keywords: computers, history, patents, Mauchly, Atanasoff, Eniac, infringement
Date posted: October 14, 2006
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