introductory reading for computing humanists (31)

Mon, 13 Mar 89 19:34:45 EST

Humanist Mailing List, Vol. 2, No. 713. Monday, 13 Mar 1989.

Date: Fri, 10 Mar 89 12:03:33 EST
From: Joseph Raben <JQRBH@CUNYVM>
Subject: Introductory reading

People who wish to get a handle on what humanists are doing with computers
would benefit from a new book published by Time-Life. It is called THE
PUZZLE MASTER (an unfortunate designation) and consists of three sections:
Seeing Patterns and Connections, The Language Machine, and Peepholes to the
Future. Although all three are worth reading, the second is most relevant;
its forty pages cover wordcrunching, concordances, electronic libraries,
authorship attribution, lexicography, foreign language instruction, machine
translation, optical scanning, and hypertext. Written for the intelligent
layman by a team of experts, it is about the best thing of its sort around.

It can be ordered from Time-Life Customer Service, P.O. Box C-32068,
Richmond VA 23262-2068. The price is $15, but there will be postage and

This the latest in a series on UNDERSTANDING COMPUTERS, of which the ones
I have seen are equally good in their way. Why they are not being marketed
to academics (who certainly get enough other promotional mail from T-L)
I cannot understand.