HaPoC Special Session at CiE 2017

The HaPoC Commission organizes a Special Session on History and Philosophy of Computing at the Computability in Europe Conference, to be held in Turku, June 12-16, 2017

Special Sessions


Topic: History and foundations of recursion, in memory of Rósza Péter.

Organized by Liesbeth De Mol (Lille, France) and Giuseppe Primiero (London, United Kingdom).


  • Juliette Kennedy (University of Helsinki, Finland)
    Gödel’s Reception of Turing’s Model of Computability: the Shift of Perception in 1934
  • Jan von Plato (University of Helsinki, Finland)
    Rosa Politzer and the beginnings of the theory of computable functions
  • Hector Zenil (University of Oxford, UK, and Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
    Computability and Causality
  • Cliff Jones (Newcastle University, UK)
    Turing’s 1949 paper in context



Communications of the ACM reports about HaPoC Commission


Philosophy, like other disciplines in the humanities, enjoys a mutually enlightening relationship with history […] The philosophy of computer science, like other philosophy devoted to a particular subject, enjoys a mutually enlightening relationship with the history of that particular subject […] I have been pleasantly surprised to find research in the history of computing quite interesting, and can only hope for reciprocal generosity toward philosophy on the part of historians. With respect to computing, the international organization founded to bring together history and philosophy is HaPoC, the Commission on the History and Philosophy of Computing. Designated a Commission by both divisions of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (http://www.iuhpst.org), it aims to “enhance our understanding of computing by means of historical and philosophical explorations.” The dedicated and hard-working HaPoC leaders Liesbeth de Mol, of the Université de Lille, and Giuseppe Primiero, of Middlesex University London, explain how this came about.

Hosted by Robin K. Hill on the blog of Communications of the ACM , read the full article on HaPoC by Liesbeth de Mol and Giuseppe Primiero