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Computation's development critical to our society

By Alan J. Perlis

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 6 No. 10, Page 642

The ACM's growth continues: we are now at 13,000 members; expenses also grow. Our professional membership does not spring from a uniformly trained group as in mathematics or physics or even economics. Instead, our increasing membership comes from what I might call intellectual adventures—pioneers in an over-organized society—who see great futures in computing at all levels of aspiration.

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