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Author Goldstine, Herman H. (Herman Heine), 1913-2004.

Title The computer from Pascal to von Neumann / [by] Herman H. Goldstine.

Publication Info. [Princeton, N.J.] : Princeton University Press [1972]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  621.3819 G57    Check Shelf
Description x, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Preface -- Part One: The historical background up to World War II -- Beginnings -- Charles Babbage and his analytical engine -- The astronomical ephemeris -- The Universities: Maxwell and Boole -- Integrators and planimeters -- Michelson, Fourier Coefficients, and the Gibbs Phenomenon -- Boolean Algebra: x2=xx=x -- Billings, Hollerith, and the Census -- Ballistics and the rise of the great mathematicians -- Bush's differential analyzer and other analog devices -- Adaptation to scientific needs -- Renascence and triumph of digital means of computation -- Part Two: Wartime developments: ENIAC and EDVAC -- Electronic efforts prior to the ENIAC -- The ballistic research laboratory -- Differences between analog and digital machines -- Beginnings of the ENIAC -- The ENIAC as a mathematical instrument -- John von Neumann and the computer -- Beyond the ENIAC -- The structure of the EDVAC -- The spread of ideas -- First Calculations on the ENIAC -- Part Three: Post-World War II: The von Neumann Machine and the institute for advanced study -- Post-EDVAC days -- The institute for advanced study computer -- Automata theory and logic machines -- Numerical Mathematics -- Numerical Meteorology -- Engineering activities and achievements -- The computer and UNESCO -- The Early Industrial Scene -- Programming languages -- Conclusions -- Appendix: World-Wide Developments -- Index
Subject Computers -- History.
Indexed Term Computers History
Subject Computer-Assisted Instruction -- history.
ISBN 0691081042
0691023670 paperback
9780691023670 paperback
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