Comp 280: History and Philosophy of Computing, Winter 2009

Paper Topics

Here are the topics on which students have written their papers on.

  • First paper:
    • The Value of Representation and its Application to Numeral Systems
    • Gödel's incompleteness theorems and physics
    • Hilbert Spaces in Computer Science
    • Linux: History and Controversy
    • A Brief Introduction to Perfect Security and Modern Cryptography
    • The History of QWERTY: An examination of the reasons behind QWERTY
    • Semantic Touch Learning Systems: An Exploration Into the Use of Semantic Web and Rich Multitouch User Interfaces in Early Childhood Education
    • Neural Logic
    • The Implications of Fractal Growth in Neural Networks
    • Electronic Accessories
    • How MP3s Work and why it Matters
    • Could a Machine Be Considered Conscious? John Searle's "Chinese Room Argument"
    • The Enigma, Vigenère Ciphers, and Second World War Cryptography
    • Hex: "Something Sufficiently Computer-like that Computerness Entered Into It"

  • Second paper:
    • An Exploration Into the Use of Semantic Web and Rich Multitouch User
    • Interfaces in Early Childhood Education (Part Two)
    • HTML, CSS, and Flash: How the Internet Got Style
    • A Brief Introduction to Authentication and Digital Signatures
    • Christmas Cards and Love Letters: Early Email Worms
    • What is Open Source Software?
    • A Brief History of Blogs
    • A Short History of Music Formats
    • Game Theory in Computer Science
  • Posters:
    • Technological Singularity
    • User Interfaces
    • Viral Marketing
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Why DNA is a Turning Machine
    • History of Video Game Consoles

  • Term paper.
    • A history of video games
    • A history of computing hardware: Where are our 0s and 1s?
    • A brief history of Microsoft Windows
    • Leaving the living room: Video game usage in the outside world
    • Pirates in music, film, and video games
    • Dealing with modern software piracy
    • A brief history of the browser wars and Microsoft's antitrust lawsuit
    • The web browser: A modern day operating sytem
    • Web 2.0: Technology, Characteristics, and Impact
    • MITACS - A platform for the computational science to stress Canada's social and economic priorities
    • A brief introduction to quantum computing and quantum cryptography
    • Computational chemistry: From mainframes to artificial intelligence
    • Cyborgs and synthetic humans


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