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Are you eager to study the past developments of your field? Do you believe an appreciation for historical developments can help you grasp the problems of tomorrow? Then follow this blog RSS feed symbol and join me in reliving parts of Edsger W. Dijkstra's life (1930 — 2002).

Dijkstra in 1963

Dijkstra in the mid 1950s

 

From the early 1960s and onwards, Dijkstra expressed his thoughts on paper on a regular basis by writing his now-famous EWD manuscripts.  Most of these EWDs are publicly and electronically available from the "E.W. Dijkstra Archive" of the University of Texas. My objective is to extract and discuss interesting fragments from these EWDs. Each of my discussions will appear as a post in one of the following three diaries:

There is more

On 16 and 23 January 2011, I visited the Dijkstra family at Plataanstraat 5 in Nuenen, the Netherlands. With their permission I was allowed to take home with me 16 boxes of Edsger W. Dijkstra's original possessions along with his encyclopedia, typewriter, and tandem bicycle. His possessions, now archived in Leuven, can help us address the following two questions:

For the complete inventory, please consult:

Furthermore, I will continue to study the work of Dijkstra's contemporaries, visit them if possible, write research papers on Dijkstra's contributions,  and visit The Center for American History of the University of Texas at Austin in order to consult the many documents which are not publically available.

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I am a researcher in the History of Computing and I am currently working with historians of science from the University of Amsterdam and Eindhoven University of Technology. Check out the About page for my credentials and contact info.

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