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UvA computer historian Gerard Alberts and UvA information scientist Bas van Vlijmen (UvA) published a book on the history of the computer in the Netherlands: 'Computerpioniers. Het begin van het computertijdperk in Nederland'.

Photo book
Photo: Amsterdam University Press

In 1952 the first computer, the Automatische Relais Rekenmachine Amsterdam (ARRA), was introduced. Although this computer hasn’t worked ever since, it was the start of a new era. This book is about calculators and builders and users of calculators. It tells about the ‘Klapclub’ , where scientists and engineers exprerimented with analogue and digital machines. They were the pioneers of the digital culture.

About the authors

Gerard Alberts is lecturer in history of digital culture at the Korteweg-de Vries Institute (UvA). Bas van Vlijmen is information scientist at the Informatics Institute (UvA)  and scientific editor and maker of art about men and technology. Alberts took part in the joint project of Google and CWI about the history of Dutch computing.


The book appeared on 20 February 2017 and can be ordered  via, ISBN 978 94 6298 378 6.