The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann / Edition 1

The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann / Edition 1

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by Herman H. Goldstine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691023670

ISBN-13: 9780691023670

Pub. Date: 10/01/1980

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691023670
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1980
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface (1993)
Preface
Beginnings3
Charles Babbage and His Analytical Engine10
The Astronomical Ephemeris27
The Universities: Maxwell and Boole31
Integrators and Planimeters39
Michelson, Fourier Coefficients, and the Gibbs Phenomenon52
Boolean Algebra: x[superscript 2] = xx = x60
Billings, Hollerith, and the Census65
Ballistics and the Rise of the Great Mathematicians72
Bush's Differential Analyzer and Other Analog Devices84
Adaptation to Scientific Needs106
Renascence and Triumph of Digital Means of Computation115
Electronic Efforts prior to the ENIAC123
The Ballistic Research Laboratory127
Differences between Analog and Digital Machines140
Beginnings of the ENIAC148
The ENIAC as a Mathematical Instrument157
John von Neumann and the Computer167
Beyond the ENIAC184
The Structure of the EDVAC204
The Spread of Ideas211
First Calculations on the ENIAC225
Post-EDVAC Days239
The Institute for Advanced Study Computer252
Automata Theory and Logic Machines271
Numerical Mathematics286
Numerical Meteorology300
Engineering Activities and Achievements306
The Computer and UNESCO321
The Early Industrial Scene325
Programming Languages333
Conclusions342
Appendix: World-Wide Developments349
Index363

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