Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine

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England 2006 Hardcover Reprint New in new dust jacket. This mint, reprint, HARDBACK, Oxford University Press, England, 2006, has a mint, unclipped dust jacket that is now ... protected in an extra, bespoke, clear acid-free slipcover. The book covers are black boards with gilt lettering to the spine. The book size is 6.25"w x 9.5" h with 15 photographs, an index and 553 pristine pages on high quality acid-free paper. ISBN 0198565933. Fascinating! ! ! SUMMARY OF PART I OF DR. TURING'S REPORT. "It is intended that the ACE machine shall tackle whole problems, i.e. that instead of repeatedly using human labour for taking material out of the machine and putting it back at the appropriate moment, all this will be done by the machine itself. It will not be limited to carrying out a sequence of prescribed operations. Provision is made for making the behaviour of the machine to depend on the results of its own calculations. Once the human element is eliminated, the increase in speed is enormous. For example, it is inte Read more Show Less

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The mathematical genius Alan Turing (1912-1954) was one of the greatest scientists and thinkers of the 20th century. Now well known for his crucial wartime role in breaking the ENIGMA code, he was the first to conceive of the fundamental principle of the modern computer-the idea of controlling a computing machine's operations by means of a program of coded instructions, stored in the machine's 'memory'. In 1945 Turing drew up his revolutionary design for an electronic computing machine-his Automatic Computing Engine ('ACE'). A pilot model of the ACE ran its first program in 1950 and the production version, the 'DEUCE', went on to become a cornerstone of the fledgling British computer industry. The first 'personal' computer was based on Turing's ACE.

Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine describes Turing's struggle to build the modern computer. The first detailed history of Turing's contributions to computer science, this text is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the computer and the history of mathematics. It contains first hand accounts by Turing and by the pioneers of computing who worked with him. As well as relating the story of the invention of the computer, the book clearly describes the hardware and software of the ACE-including the very first computer programs. The book is intended to be accessible to everyone with an interest in computing, and contains numerous diagrams and illustrations as well as original photographs.

The book contains some previously unpublished work by Turing as well as data that has only recently been declassified, and there are in addition chapters describing Turing's path-breaking research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Artificial Life (A-Life). The book has an extensive system of hyperlinks to The Turing Archive for the History of Computing, an on-line library of digital facsimiles of typewritten documents by Turing and the other scientists who pioneered the electronic computer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198565932
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Pages: 558
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, Donald W. Davies
Introduction, B. Jack Copeland
Part I: The National Physical Laboratory and the ACE Project
A Century of Measurement and Computation at the National Physical Laboratory, 1900-2000, Eileen Magnello
The Creation of the NPL Mathematics Division, Mary Croarken
The Origins and Development of the ACE Project, B. Jack Copeland
The Pilot ACE at the National Physical Laboratory, James H. Wilkinson
Part II: Turing and the History of Computing
The ACE and the Shaping of British Computing, Martin Campbell-Kelly
Computer Architecture and the ACE Computers, Robert Doran
Turing and the Computer, B. Jack Copeland and Diane Proudfoot
From Turing Machine to "Electronic Brain", Teresa Numerico
Part III: The ACE Computers
The Pilot ACE Instruction Format, Henry John Norton
Programming the Pilot ACE, J.G. Hayes
The Pilot ACE: from Concept to Reality, Robin A. Vowels
The DEUCE-a User's View, Robin A. Vowels
Applications of the Pilot ACE and the DEUCE, Tom Vickers
The ACE Test Assembly, the Pilot ACE, the Big ACE, and the Bendix G15, Harry D. Huskey
The ACE Simulator and the Cybernetic Model, Michael Woodger
The Pilot Model and the Big ACE on the Web, Benjamin Wells
Part IV: Electronics
How Valves Work, David O. Clayden
Recollections of Early Vacuum Tube Circuits, Maurice Wilkes
Circuit Design of the Pilot ACE and the Big ACE, David O. Clayden
Part V: Technical Reports and Lectures on the ACE and the Pilot ACE, 1945-1951
Proposed Electronic Calculator (1945), Alan M. Turing
Notes on Memory (1945), Alan M. Turing
The Turing-Wilkinson Lecture Series (1946-1947), Alan M. Turing and James H. Wilkinson
The State of the Art in Electronic Digital Computing in Britain and the United States (1947), Harry D. Huskey

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