Book ID: CBB000110584

The first computers: History and architectures (2000)


Rojas, Raúl (Editor)
Hashagen, Ulf (Editor)

MIT Press

Publication Date: 2000
Physical Details: xii + 457 pp., illus., bibl.
Language: English

Description Contents: Michael R. Williams, A Preview of Things to Come: Some Remarks on the First Generation of Computers; Michael S. Mahoney, The Structures of Computation; Robert W. Seidel, Reconstructions, Historical and Otherwise: The Challenge of High-Tech Tech Artifacts; Andreas Brennecke, A Classification Scheme for Program Controlled Calculators; Harry D. Huskey, Hardware Components and Computer Design; John Gustafson, Reconstruction of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer; I. Bernard Cohen, Howard Aiken and the Dawn of the Computer Age; Jan Van Der Spiegel, James F. Tau, Titiimaea F. Ala'ilima, Lin Ping Ang, The ENIAC: History, Operation, and Reconstruetion in VLSI; William Aspray, The Institute for Advanced Study Computer: A Case Study in the Application of Concepts from the History of Technology; Paul Ceruzzi, “Nothing New Since von Neumann”: A Historian Looks at Computer Architecture, 1945-1995; Friedrich W. Kistermann, The DEHOMAG D11 Tabulator - A Milestone in the History of Data Processing; Raül Rojas, The Architecture of Konrad Zuse's Early Computing Machines; Ambros P. Speiser, Konrad Zuse's Z4: Architecture, Programming, and Modifications at the ETH Zurich; Friedrich L. Bauer, The Plankalkül of Konrad Zuse - Revisited; Wilheim Hopmann, The GI and the Göttingen Family of Digital Computers; Hartmut Petzold, Konrad Zuse and Industrial Manufacturing of Electronic Computers in Germany; Thomas Lange, Helmut Hoelzer---Inventor of the Electronie Analog Computer; Anthony E. Sale, The Colossus of Bletchley Park - The German Cipher System; R. B. E. Napper, The Manchester Mark I Computers; Christopher P. Burton, Rebuilding the First Manchester Computer; Frank H. Sumner, The Atlas Computer; Martin Campbell-Kelly, Past into Present: The EDSIC Simulator; Seiichi Okoma, The First Japanese Computers and Their Software Simulators; Eiiti Wada, The Parametron Computer PCRI and Its Initial Input Routine.

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Authors & Contributors
Priestley, Mark
Carlsson, Anders
Campbell-Kelly, Martin
Ceruzzi, Paul E.
Edwards, Paul N.
Hughes, Thomas Parke
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Acta Historiae Rerum Naturalium necnon Technicarum
Stanford University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Akademika Publishing
MIT Press
Computers and computing
Computer science
Computer industry
Technology and industry
Information technology
Engelbart, Douglas
Von Neumann, John
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
21st century
United States
Zurich (Switzerland)
International Business Machines Corporation

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