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Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 39
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5501.39b

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  • RE: Origins of Terminology Pending Further Discovery
    • Zhiwen Hu, Professor, School of Computer and Information Engineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, 310018, China.
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jian Zhang, Associate Professor, School of Electronic Science and Applied Physics, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, 230009, China.
      • Yongfeng Huang, Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China.
      • Xun Wang, Professor, School of Computer and Information Engineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, 310018, China.

    Origins of Terminology Pending Further Discovery
    Zhiwen Hu 1,2, Jian Zhang 3, Yongfeng Huang 2,*, Xun Wang 1
    1 School of Computer and Information Engineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, 310018, China.
    2 Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China.
    3 School of Electronic Science and Applied Physics, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, 230009, China.
    *Corresponding author. Email: yfhuang@tsinghua.edu.cn

    Abstract:
    The origins of terminology of the humanities, social sciences, and natural science are still pending further discoveries. The earliest usage track-down of a target term could provide an insightful and compelling argument for rigorous historical story, and finally help us penetrate to the essence of reality. However, many empirical extrapolated theories based on sole information source always turns out de facto knowledge illusions. Therefore, retaining a clear sense of the pros and cons of any retrospective information source is the necessary prerequisite to such scientific efforts.

    Main Text:
    The article “Roots of software” (Science 288, 1169) highlighted that librarian and etymologist Fred R. Shapiro at Yale University, the editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, tracked down the earliest appearance of “software” via the JSTOR electronic journal archive (1). Later, the articles “You read it first in Science” (Sc...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.