Spring issue of Michigan Quarterly Review now available.

April 22, 1997
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ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan Prof. Emeritus Arthur W. Burks, who helped design and build one the world’s first electronic computers, gives a firsthand account of who really invented the precursor of today’s personal computers in the spring issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review.

In their essay “Who Invented the Computer? A Memoir of the 1940s,” Burks, who taught philosophy and computer science at the University for some 40 years, and his wife, Alice, a computer historian and former U-M researcher, reaffirm their view that the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), which Burks, himself, helped develop, was not the world’s first electronic computer, as once commonly thought.

In addition to the Burks piece, the spring issue of MQR features U-M history Prof. Geoff Eley’s “Judeocide and German History,” a review of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s book “Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust.” Also, author and U-M alumna Nancy Willard contributes the essay “A Writer’s Ark.”

Others whose works appear in the spring issue include Burton Bradley, Nicholas Christopher, Nancy Eimers, Beth Ann Fennelly, Stephanie Kiceluk, Marilyn Krysl, Richard A. Lanham, Sharon Olds, Sarah Ruden, Thomas Scanlon, Lisa Sewell, Paul C. Taylor, Alexander Theroux and Charlotte Warren.

Published by the U-M, MQR contains essays, poetry, fiction, memoirs, reviews and graphics by well-known writers and scholars. The spring issue is currently available in local bookstores and in the MQR office in Room 3032, Rackham Building. For more information, call (313) 764-9265 or consult the MQR Web site at www.umich.edu/~mqr/.

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