Calculating Machines: Recent and Prospective Developments and Their Impact on Mathematical Physics, and Calculating Instruments and Machines

Calculating Machines: Recent and Prospective Developments and Their Impact on Mathematical Physics, and Calculating Instruments and Machines

by Douglas Hartree, Maurice V. Wilkes
     
 

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A theoretical physicist at Cambridge, Douglas Hartree is best known for his work in numerical methods and the machines that could be used to calculate them with increasing speed and sophistication.This reprint of Hartree's principal work also includes his inaugural Cambridge lecture, Calculating Machines: Recent and Prospective Developments and Their Impact on

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A theoretical physicist at Cambridge, Douglas Hartree is best known for his work in numerical methods and the machines that could be used to calculate them with increasing speed and sophistication.This reprint of Hartree's principal work also includes his inaugural Cambridge lecture, Calculating Machines: Recent and Prospective Developments and Their Impact on Mathematical Physics, which is extremely difficult to obtain and which makes ideal preliminary reading for the main set of lectures presented in Calculating Instruments and Machines. In these, Hartree provided the first comprehensive survey of the significant developments in computation that were going on at the time-the main directions of development in storage systems, serial machines, and parallel programming and coding, and particularly with high-speed automatic digital machines that were precursors of the modern stored program computer.Calculating Instruments and Machines was originally published in 1949 by the University of Illinois Press. It is Volume VI in The Babbage Institute Reprint Series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262512770
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/23/2009
Series:
Charles Babbage Institute Reprint
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Maurice Wilkes retired from his post at Cambridge University in 1980, when he became a Senior Consulting Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in Massachusetts and Adjunct Professor at MIT.

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