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Published on Feb 9, 2008
In this University of Pennsylvania video, a panel of experts discusses the historical, scientific and educational merit of the Franklin Institutes Case Files. The Franklin Institute offers an electronic presentation of its Case Files, a repository that exists as the documentary record of the Institute's science and technology Awards program. The University of Pennsylvania's Department of History and Sociology of Science hosted a Symposium to discuss the historical, scientific, and educational merit of the Case Files, which date from the 1820s, as a modern day resource for undergraduate, graduate, and professional scholars, as well as K-12 students. The focus of the presentation was on the early history of the computing industry, featuring key individuals including Hollerith, Burroughs, Eckert, Mauchly, Bardeen, Brittain, and Shannon.