The book ‘Tales of Electrologica. Computers, software and people’, edited by our former CWI colleagues Gerard Alberts (UvA) and Jan Friso Groote (TU/e) was recently published in Springer’s History of Computing Series. It provides several reports on the iconic X8 computer, built in the Netherlands in the early 1960s by the company Electrologica, which started in 1956 as a spin-off company from CWI (named Mathematical Centre at the time) and life insurance company NILLMIJ.
According to the publisher, the book ‘provides a postwar and Cold War perspective of early (Dutch) computer manufacturing, where pioneers and historians joining forces in telling highly engaged tales, bringing a gem from Dutch history of computing to an English speaking audience’.
Several other former CWI colleagues also contributed to this book, like Paul Klint, Lambert Meertens, Frans Kruseman Aretz and the late Dirk Dekker. The book was written after an exhibition of the X8 in Boerhaave Museum in 2018.
More information: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-13033-5