How do normal inventions lead to radical technological change?
What determines success or failure for a laboratory or a company?
Student Project Histories, Fall 1997
Magnetic Core Memory (HTML)
Thinking Machines Corp. (MS Word)
Project case histories include: RSA Security, the Apollo Guidance Computer, magnetic core memory, Thinking Machines Inc., the spreadsheet, Harold Edgerton and side-scan sonar.
Subject is open to EECS M.Eng students and STS graduate students. Others by permission of instructor. Enrollment restricted to 30 students.
For EECS M.Eng. students, 6.972 will automatically count as one of the two EC electives that can come from any of the seven Engineering Concentration fields. Alternatively M.Eng. students may by petition use it as an elective in a specific EC if they have chosen a term project on a topic appropriate to that EC.
pictures: Jay Forresters notebook, invention of core memory (left) and system
diagram for Apollo Guidance Computer.