In some areas Goodman offers too much information, as in the case of repeatedly itemizing the coordinating items from the Page Boy catalogues; in other areas she fails to give enough. Moving Targets is a weighty tome in several senses. Some twenty European merchant houses held insurance agencies in Penang alone as late as 1920 and there were even more in Singapore by then. Officially first published in 1968 although the publisher's Web site gives the date as 1969 , Fedalto's book has long been the best study available of this most interesting and, in some ways, still mysterious fourteenth-century churchman. In 1359—62, Simon was back in Constantinople, where he had an interview with Emperor John V, to which the great Demetrius Cydones referred in 1364 in the first of his three letters to Simon.
Further research is needed to unravel the real extent of Bagrit's relevance to national policy. The book examines how the dawn of the digital computer age in Britain took place at various times for different applications, from early government-sponsored work on secret defence projects, to the growth of the market for Elliott computers for civil applications. Goldman offers a balanced description of the contributions of the three sisters, although their individual commitments varied over the course of the business. Nevertheless, it was under Wilson that the Elliott name, and the automation ethos, disappeared. Published by the Science Museum, London, 2000. It examines how the dawn of the digital computer age in Britain took place for different applications, from early government-sponsored work on secret defence projects, to the growth of the market for Elliott computers for civil applications. Lavington helpfully acknowledges that few will read the volume from cover to cover and provides a chapter map locating coverage of the three main themes: general-purpose computing, industrial automation, and defense see p.
The last years of his life in exile from Thebes are murky. Bagrit's corporate strategy, meanwhile, was to license crucial American technologies on a piecemeal basis, quietly acquiring the means to dominate niche areas internationally. Lavington has painstakingly plugged the gaps through interviews and email exchanges with former staff—many now deceased—and from the firm's surviving research reports, itemized in a useful appendix. Simon Hugh , 1939- Moving targets. In the process, we learn a good deal from a master about the sees of Gerace and Thebes, Barlaam of Calabria and the Hesychast controversy, and the political-ecclesiastical politics of the fourteenth century. As well as links with the European merchant firms, the Chinese merchants had their own networks throughout Southeast Asia and Hong Kong and China.
The title of the book Moving Targets is surely a reference to the recurring technical and marketing themes described by the book. The sisters focused on providing maternity clothing incorporating the latest trends in their line rather than on trend setting. Simon also made a translation into Latin of Plutarch's De Cohibenda Ira that attracted the attention of the important humanist Coluccio Salutati. This much said, and taking note of the celebratory tone suggested by the subtitle, this is a work of scholarship by a trained economic historian and should be welcomed as an important addition to the still-under-populated genre of company histories of the pharmaceutical industry. Through this connection, the British insurers came to underwrite risks of the rubber estates and tin mines which the agency houses serviced. Amongst my historical publications are: A History of Manchester Computers. Some copies of the single are around.
And now for something completely different -. Simon Lavington is Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex. The text's excellent tables, charts, and photos enhance the discussion of technological, economic, and political change. As the major Singapore merchant firms grew and prospered, they gradually squeezed the smaller Penang firms out of insurance; by 1903, 135 insurance companies were represented in Singapore and 40 in Penang. This high-end brand made fashion news as movie stars and other famous women, including First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, wore their outfits.
Yet by the end of that decade, Elliott-Automation had effectively disappeared in a flurry of takeovers, leaving little apparent trace of the technical excellence that had once characterised the name Elliott. To question Springer's commitment to this volume might. In the appendices Fedalto also supplies the best list available today of the Latin bishops of Thebes, a collection of documents relevant for Simon, and a detailed analysis of Demetrius Cydones's three letters to Simon. Its chronological center lies in the half century 1935 1985, which witnessed the transformation of the company. Now out of print, but see: The Pegasus story, a history of a vintage British computer. Simon Lavington is Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex. Two years later, when Simon was probably in the papal Curia in Avignon, Pope Urban V transferred him from Gerace to the Latin bishopric of Thebes to be distinguished from the Greek Orthodox bishopric of the same locale.
The physical uprooting, confusion, and disillusionment that marked Elliott's disappearance, in a flurry of ignominious mergers around 1967, involved the loss of many valuable records. Indeed, such is a very difficult task. Yet by the end of that decade, Elliott-Automation had effectively disappeared in a flurry of takeovers, leaving little apparent trace of the technical excellence that had once characterised the name Elliott. In all this, it needs to be remembered that from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century Singapore was of paramount importance in what was a single economy. See : Moving Targets: Elliott-Automation and the dawn of the computer age in Britain, 1947 — 67. Although the firm was strongly committed to civilian commercial computers, it was chiefly defense patronage that brought it to international prominence in the 1950s, and Lavington argues, the cancellation of cutting-edge military projects was the principal factor in the collapse of the Elliott identity. Although the title uses Malaysia, the greater part of the book is about Penang and Singapore, both separately and jointly as components of British Malaya.
The defense theme is more pronounced. Many of the same conservative business practices that allowed Page Boy to be successful, however, led to its decline as the company failed to respond to changing marketing techniques and embrace new technology. Moving Targets charts the gradual take-up of information technology in Britain, as seen through the eyes of one innovative company. Most of the secondary literature mentioned is summarized and primary sources are quoted verbatim at length, with two of the 14 chapters based directly on personal histories drafted by ex-Elliott staff. The book examines how the dawn of the digital computer age in Britain took place at various times for different applications, from early government-sponsored work on secret defence projects, to the growth of the market for Elliott computers for civil applications. By the early twentieth century, Chinese banks had emerged in the Straits Settlements and were closely associated with Chinese insurance companies.
At all points Jones worked closely with Glaxo staff, an association that is reflected in his extensive use of company documents and interviews with past or present company personnel. I now pursue research into computer history, a hobby I have had since 1968. We do not know as to where, when, and how Simon learned Hebrew and Latin, but when these linguistic skills are combined with his religious and diplomatic endeavors at the highest levels, Simon clearly emerges as one of the more interesting and intriguing figures of the fourteenth century. Rather, its major accomplishment is in matching the depth of other corporate histories while starting from a much less promising archival base. This album is one of three albums produced by Kernon in 1985. Their involvement in transnational trade and shipping led naturally to insurance of their activities and to some extent they, too, undertook insurance business. The book presents the reader with a formidable challenge.