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The first computers : history and architectures

Author: Raúl Rojas; Ulf Hashagen
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2002.
Series: History of computing.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st MIT Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This history of computing focuses not on chronology (what came first and who deserves credit for it) but on the actual architectures of the first machines that made electronic computing a practical reality. The book covers computers built in the United States, Germany, England, and Japan. It makes clear that similar concepts were often pursued simultaneously and that the early researchers explored many architectures  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raúl Rojas; Ulf Hashagen
ISBN: 0262681374 9780262681377
OCLC Number: 50735418
Notes: Originally published: 2000.
Description: xii, 457 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: A preview of things to come : some remarks on the first generation of computers / Michael R. Williams --
The structures of computation / Michael S. Mahoney --
Reconstructions, historical and otherwise : the challenge of high-tech artifacts / Robert W. Seidel --
A classification scheme for program controlled calculators / Andreas Brennecke --
Hardware components and computer design / Harry D. Huskey --
Reconstruction of the Atanasoff-Berry computer / John Gustafson --
Howard Aiken and the dawn of the computer age / I. Bernard Cohen --
The ENIAC : history, operation, and reconstruction in VLSI / Jan Van der Spiegel [and others] --
The Institute for Advanced Study computer : a case study in the application of concepts from the history of technology / William Aspray --
"Nothing new since von Neumann" : a historian looks at computer architecture, 1945-1995 / Paul Ceruzzi --
The DEHOMAG D11 tabulator : a milestone in the history of data processing / Friedrich W. Kistermann --
The architecture of Konrad Zuse's early computing machines / Raúl Rojas --
Konrad Zuse's Z4 : architecture, programming, and modificatios at the ETH Zurich / Ambros P. Speiser --
The plankalkül of Konrad Zuse revisited / Friedrich L. Bauer --
The G1 and the Göttingen family of digital computers / Wilhelm Hopmann --
Konrad Zuse and industrial manufacturing of electronic computers in Germany / Hartmut Petzold --
Helmut Hoelzer : inventor of the electronic analog computer / Thomas Lange --
The colossus of Bletchley Park : the German cipher system / Anthony E. Sale --
The Manchester Mark 1 computers / R.B.E. Napper --
Rebuilding the first Manchester computer / Christopher P. Burton --
The Atlas computer / Frank H. Sumner --
Past into present : the EDSAC simulator / Martin Campbell-Kelly --The first Japanese computers and their software simulators / Seiichi Okoma --
The Parametron Computer PC-1 and its initial input routine / Eiiti Wada.
Series Title: History of computing.
Responsibility: edited by Raúl Rojas and Ulf Hashagen.

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A cohesive, well-defined discussion of the architecture of early computers. -- Mary Croarken, Business History

 
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