Early Scientific Computing in Britain

Early Scientific Computing in Britain

by Mary Croarken




This concise volume describes the development of scientific computation in Britain in the first half of this century, covering the variety of equipment and the inventors and innovators of the era. Such early computing methods as mathematical tables, slide rules, desk calculators, accounting machines, and differential analyzers are discussed, up to and including early computers and the advent of centralization. This work will appeal to a wide range of readers, including computer scientists, science historians, and all general readers interested in mathematics or computing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198537489
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/12/1990
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Background: Aids to Computation
3. The Mechanization of Computation at the Nautical Almanac Office
4. The Nautical Almanac Office as a Computing Centre and the Founding of the Scientific Computing Service
5. The Influence of Analogue Machines in the 1930s: The Manchester and Cambridge Differential Analysers
6. The Second World War: The Emergence of Government Computing Centres
7. The Creation of a National Computing Centre
8. The National Physical Laboratory Mathematics Division: A National Computing Centre
9. Post-War Computing Service Centres
10. Computing Machine Developments at Cambridge and Manchester

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