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Log Book With Computer Bug

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User:
Hughey, Ray
Harvard University
Director:
Aiken, Howard Hathaway
Maker:
IBM
Harvard University
Aiken, Howard
Physical Description:
tape (overall material)
paper (overall material)
cloth (overall material)
ink (overall material)
biologicals (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1.5 cm x 48.4 cm x 29.5 cm; 9/16 in x 19 1/16 in x 11 5/8 in
Object Name:
log book
Place Made:
United States: Massachusetts, Cambridge
Date made:
1947
Description:
American engineers have been calling small flaws in machines "bugs" for over a century. Thomas Edison talked about bugs in electrical circuits in the 1870s. When the first computers were built during the early 1940s, people working on them found bugs in both the hardware of the machines and in the programs that ran them. 
In 1947, engineers working on the Mark II computer at Harvard University found a moth stuck in one of the components. They taped the insect in their logbook and labeled it "first actual case of bug being found." The words "bug" and "debug" soon became a standard part of the language of computer programmers.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Computer Bug
Credit Line:
Transfer from United States Department of Defense, Naval Surface Warfare Center
ID Number:
1994.0191.01
Catalog number:
1994.0191.1
Accession number:
1994.0191
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