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American Artifacts: History of Computers (Part 1)

Remington Rand UNIVAC Computer System

Remington Rand UNIVAC Computer System

Mountain View, California
Sunday, August 4, 2013

American History TV visits the Computer History Museum in Northern California's Silicon Valley to learn about the history of computers. This is part one of a two-part look at their exhibit, "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing." This program begins with an anceint Greek astronomical device and ends with a look at the U.S. military's Cold War SAGE air defense computer system. Our tour guides are Senior Curator Dag Spicer and museum President and CEO John Hollar.

Updated: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:47am (ET)

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