Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm
... Was there enough computing power in the universe to all the choices you describe before the mid-'60s? I have the impression that nearly all of the work done when designing a lens is focused on reducing aberrations, getting adequate field flatness, and getting the desired coverage. And, of course, making sure that the design can be manufactured economically. ...
According to contemporary advertisments, Voigtländer designed the Heliar lens specifically for the best possible transition from sharp to unsharp. The expression was not in use at the time, but as far as I can understand that's what "good bokeh" means.