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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: Librarian Fred R. Shapiro of the Yale Law School in New Haven, Conn., searched for the word software among scholarly journals electronically archived in the JSTOR database and found that the term software used to describe computer programs dates back to 1958 and first appeared in an article by Princeton University statistics professor John W. Tukey in the January 1958 American Mathematical Monthly... new resources, such as JSTOR, have forced significant revisions in the history of English words, providing new insights into the social and cultural context in which they first appeared. Researchers have discovered that more than a quarter of the language has a longer history than could be demonstrated a century ago.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Communicating Math, Linguistics

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