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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontology and methodology

To: "Horning, Jim" <Jim.Horning@xxxxxxxxxx>
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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 17:15:55 -0500
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>  > In the first half of the 20th century,
>>  the word "computer" meant "somebody
>>  who carries out a computation."
>See http://tinyurl.com/3a8fh3    (01)

On the other hand, I have seen historical items (letters and 
newspaper articles) from the 1880s in which "computer" was a job 
description. My favorite was a remark in a recommendation letter for 
an astronomer's assistant, whose boss described him as the closest to 
a human computing machine that he had ever encountered. Apparently 
being a *mechanical* computer was once high praise.    (02)

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