The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise (History of Computing)

Category: History & Culture
Author: William Aspray
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by dcre   2019-07-23
To the extent what you describe about depth and breadth is true, it’s true of all knowledge and all subjects.

I highly recommend Nathan Ensmenger’s The Computer Boys Take Over for a look at the history of the so-called “skill gap” (which is mostly bullshit) since the 1960s. It has a little to do with the nature of the subject matter, but it has a lot more to do with historical contingencies and internal dynamics at schools and companies.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0262517965/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_...