Harold Thimbleby
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1.General Interest — Publications: refereed
1.1.Journal papers: refereed
1.2.Contributions to edited volumes: refereed
2.General Interest — Invited publications: not refereed
2.1.Forewords and keynotes
2.2.Articles in other journals
3.General Interest — Other publications
3.1.Correspondence and other communications
4.General Interest — Presentations, exhibitions, debates, workshops
4.1.Gresham College lectures and videos
4.2.Unpublished keynotes
4.3.Invited conference presentations
4.4.Invited lectures, webinars and seminars
4.5.Research workshops (refereed, published & unpublished)

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1. General Interest — Publications: refereed

1.1. Journal papers: refereed

H. Thimbleby, “The Reduced Enigma”, Computers & Security, vol. 22, no. 7, pp. 624–642 (2003). URL PDF DOI: 10.1016/S0167-4048(03)00712-0

=T. Bell, =M. Fellows, =N. Koblitz, =M. Powell, =H. Thimbleby & =I. Witten, “Explaining Cryptographic Systems”, Computers & Education, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 199–215 (2003). PDF DOI: 10.1016/S0360-1315(02)00102-1

M. Jones & H. Thimbleby, “Obituary for a Fax”, Personal Technologies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 151–152 (2002). PDF DOI: 10.1007/s007790200014

H. Thimbleby, “An Example of Distribution-Free Testing”, Mathematica Journal, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 62–65 (1995).

T. C. Bell, A. Moffat, C. G. Nevill-Manning, T. C. Smith, H. Thimbleby & I. H. Witten, “Semantic and Generative Models for Lossy Text Compression”, Computer Journal, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 83–87 (1994). PDF DOI: 10.1093/comjnl/37.2.83

H. Thimbleby, “Computerised Parkinson’s Law”, Computing & Control Engineering Journal, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 197–198 (1993).

H. Thimbleby, “A Personal View: Software Mechanics”, Software Engineering Journal, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 110–111 (1993). DOI: 10.1049/sej.1993.0015

H. Thimbleby, “Genaille’s Rods”, Mathematica Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 60–62 (1993). URL PDF

H. Thimbleby, “GenaillesRods.m package”, Mathematica Journal Electronic Supplement, vol. 3, no. 2 (1993). URL

H. Thimbleby & I. H. Witten, “The “Worm” Programs — Early Experience with a Distributed Intelligence”, ACM SIGART Bulletin, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 14–17 (1990). DOI: 10.1145/84234.84254

H. Thimbleby, “The Leidenfrost Phenomenon”, Physics Education, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 300–303 (1989). PDF DOI: 10.1088/0031-9120/24/5/312

H. Thimbleby & I. H. Witten, “Worms and Bugs in the Church-Turing Thesis”, Canadian Artificial Intelligence, no. 21, pp. 3–4 (1989).

H. Thimbleby & I. H. Witten, “Bugs in the Church-Turing Thesis”, Canadian Artificial Intelligence, no. 19, pp. 17–18 (1989).

H. Thimbleby, “Optimising Self-Replicating Programs”, Computer Journal, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 475–476 (1987). PDF DOI: 10.1093/comjnl/30.5.475

H. Thimbleby, “Dreams”, Self and Society, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 601–608 (1979).

1.2. Contributions to edited volumes: refereed

H. Thimbleby, “Interactive Critical Systems”, Wiley Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction, J. Kirakowski & K. L. Norman (editors), pp. 9–32, John Wiley & Sons (2018). URL

H. Thimbleby, “Write Now!”, Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction, P. Cairns & A. Cox (editors), pp. 196–211, Cambridge University Press (2008). PDF

2. General Interest — Invited publications: not refereed

2.1. Forewords and keynotes

T. Bell, M. Fellows, N. Koblitz, H. Thimbleby & I. Witten, “Explaining Cryptosystems to the General Public”, First IFIP World Conference on Information Security Education (WISE), Proceedings IFIP TC11 WG11.8 Conference, Keynote, S. Fischer-Hübner & L. Yngstgröm (editors), Report Series 99–008, pp. 221–233, Stockholm University/Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (1999). PDF

2.2. Articles in other journals

H. Thimbleby, “Reaching to the Stars with IT Projects”, Public Service Review: UK Science & Technology, vol. 5, pp. 20–21 (2012). PDF

H. Thimbleby, “Marks for the da Vinci Code: B-”, CS4FN (2008). URL

H. Thimbleby, “The Computer Science of Everyday Things”, Mathematics Today, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 107–108 (2002).

H. Thimbleby, “The Millenium Bug”, The Brewer, vol. 85, no. 1010, pp. 17–19 & 27 (1999).

H. Thimbleby, “Technological Hubris”, Elektron, Journal of The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 19–21 (1995).

H. Thimbleby, “Computerised Parkinson’s Law”, Elektron, Journal of The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 5–7 (1995).

H. Thimbleby, “Computers are Best when Hidden”, The Times Higher Education Supplement: Multimedia, no. 1184, p. vii (14 July, 1995).

H. Thimbleby, “The Questionnaire”, British Computer Society HCI Newsletter, p. 24 (April, 1993).

H. Thimbleby, “Does Business Have an Attitude Problem?”, New Scientist, vol. 135, no. 1836, pp. 49–50 (1992).

H. Thimbleby, “Computer Literacy”, SocInfo, no. 5, pp. 16–19 (1991).

H. Thimbleby, “What Does IT Mean?”, Time, vol. 135, no. 11, p. 2pp (March 12, 1990).

H. Thimbleby, “Thanks for Wiping the Memory”, New Scientist, vol. 126, no. 1717, p. 69 (1990).

H. Thimbleby, “No Way to Sell a Program”, New Scientist, vol. 124, no. 1693, pp. 84–85 (1989).

3. General Interest — Other publications

3.1. Correspondence and other communications

H. Thimbleby, “Judicial Decision”, Letter, The Times, p. 28 (7 November, 2016).

H. Thimbleby, “Time Bomb with a Longer Fuse”, Letter, Times Higher Education Supplement, no. 1425, p. 17 (3 March, 2000).

H. Thimbleby, “Budding Engineers Go to Market”, Letter, Times Higher Education Supplement, no. 1248, p. 14 (October 4, 1996).

H. Thimbleby, “Science Tests”, Letter, The Times, p. 17 (10 May, 1995).

H. Thimbleby, “High Charges to the Public for Government ‘Glasnost’”, Letter, The Times, p. 19 (14 November, 1994).

H. Thimbleby, “Principles First”, Letter, The Independent, p. 15 (10 September, 1993).

H. Thimbleby, Best letter prize, “Who will gain from Apple Sony alliance?”, Letter, Apple Business, vol. 4, no. 2, p. 7 (1991).

4. General Interest — Presentations, exhibitions, debates, workshops

4.1. Gresham College lectures and videos

H. Thimbleby, “Future Computers”, Gresham College (24 January, 2002). Video PDF

4.2. Unpublished keynotes

H. Thimbleby, “Knowing Computer Technology”, Christians in Science Annual Conference, Keynote, Sheffield (2004).

4.3. Invited conference presentations

H. Thimbleby, “TippingPoint Germany 2008”, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and British Council, Berlin (2008).

H. Thimbleby, “Digital Stories”, Royal Society/NRF Conference, User-Generated Content Systems and Services for Developing Country Contexts, Cape Town, South Africa (2008).

H. Thimbleby, “Creative future technologies”, The Creative Technology Sector and Near Future Workshop, Colwyn Bay (2005).

H. Thimbleby, “Future Relation of People and Computers”, Swansea Science Café (2005).

H. Thimbleby, “Tenantspin & tagging”, Cardiff Festival of Creative Technology (2005).

H. Thimbleby, “Bring the past to life and preserve today for tomorrow”, National Waterfront Museum (2005).

H. Thimbleby, “Commentary on P. Ladkin’s “Ursachenanalyse von Unglücksfällen in Luftverkehr””, Natur, Gesetz, Naturgesetz: Historiche und Zeitgenössische Perspektiven (Conference on Natural Law: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives), Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (Max Plank Institute for the History of Science), Bad Homburg (1999).

H. Thimbleby, “Benjamin Franklin”, Conference of Professors and Heads of Electrical Engineering (1996).

H. Thimbleby, “Science for Technophobics”, Edinburgh International Science Festival (1993).

H. Thimbleby, “Artificial Life”, St. Andrew’s Diocesan Conference (1990).

H. Thimbleby, “Panel”, Edinburgh International Science Festival (1990).

4.4. Invited lectures, webinars and seminars

H. Thimbleby, “Modern lessons from the German Enigma”, University of Michigan, USA (2017).

H. Thimbleby, “Human Factors and missed solutions to WWII Enigma design weaknesses”, Cambridge University (2015).

H. Thimbleby, “Thinking about Computers”, A*Star (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Singapore (2012).

H. Thimbleby, “Science Café”, Swansea (2006).

H. Thimbleby, “Opening the IT Department”, Bilton Grange School, Rugby (1995).

4.5. Research workshops (refereed, published & unpublished)

H. Thimbleby, “Public Understanding of Science”, Middlesex University Conference on Research and Technology (1996).


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