History and computers?

Eric Schmidt (Google chairman), has recently condemned the UK education system.  He claims that we tend to separate students into ‘science’ and ‘humanities’ categories too much.  According to Schmidt, instead we should be encouraging more to become ‘polymaths’ – people who are good across the science / humanities spectrum (not people who can easily add or subtract parrots).

Anyway, in the spirit of Schmidt’s call for more cross-over between the sciences and the humanities, here’s an interesting piece (yet again from the lefty Guardian) about the first business computers – developed and used in conjunction with a chain of British tea-shops in the 1950s.  It combines three loves of my life, history, computers and a nice cup of tea. What more could you ask for?

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