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The computer--from Pascal to von Neumann

Author: Herman H Goldstine
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 1993. ©1993
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In 1942, Lt. Herman H. Goldstine, a former mathematics professor, was stationed at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. It was there that he assisted in the creation of the ENIAC, the first electronic digital computer. The ENIAC was operational in 1945, but plans for a new computer were already underway. The principal source of ideas for the new computer was John von Neumann,  Read more...
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Goldstine, Herman H. (Herman Heine), 1913-2004.
Computer--from Pascal to von Neumann.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1993]
(DLC) 93227017
(OCoLC)29847886
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Herman H Goldstine
ISBN: 9781400820139 1400820138 1283100304 9781283100304 9786613100306 6613100307
OCLC Number: 724025006
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 378 pages) : illustrations
Contents: pt. 1. The historical background up to World War II --
pt. 2. Wartime developments : ENIAC and EDVAC --
pt. 3. Post-World War II : the von Neumann machine and the institute for advanced study.
Responsibility: Herman H. Goldstine.

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In 1942, Lt. Herman H. Goldstine, a former mathematics professor, was stationed at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. It was there that he assisted in the creation of the ENIAC, the first electronic digital computer. The ENIAC was operational in 1945, but plans for a new computer were already underway. The principal source of ideas for the new computer was John von Neumann, who became Goldstine's chief collaborator. Together they developed EDVAC, successor to ENIAC. After World War II, at the Institute for Advanced Study, they built what was to become the prototype of the present-day computer. Herman Goldstine writes as both historian and scientist in this first examination of the development of computing machinery, from the seventeenth century through the early 1950s. His personal involvement lends a special authenticity to his narrative, as he sprinkles anecdotes and stories liberally through his text.

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