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Genius on the Block

The foundations of the computing age go up for auction

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Photo of  a signed, unpublished manuscript written by Joseph Marie Jacquard.
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img Looming Influence: A signed, unpublished manuscript written by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1809 details the development, operation, and uses of the Jacquard attachment for a loom, which allowed automatic control of all the actions required to weave complex patterned fabrics. Such modified looms could be programmed with chains of punch cards. Apart from its significant impact on the 19th-century textile industry, the idea of programming devices with punch cards influenced computer pioneers. Photo: FLOTO+WARNER

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In The Beginning, there was paper. A whole lot of it. Today’s electronic, cybernetic, digital world had its genesis in books and journals, reports and memos, and even some hand-typed pages, many of them dating from the decades between 1930 and 1960.

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UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

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