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The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann - Herman H. Goldstine

The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann

Paperback Published: 21st October 1980
ISBN: 9780691023670
Number Of Pages: 400

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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.

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Winner of the Award in Science, Phi Beta Kappa "The book is first-rate: it is written in a style that all can understand..."--Nature "Herman Goldstine is himself a pioneer of the computer... [He] writes with disarming candor and good humor."--Scientific American

Preface (1993)p. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Historical Background up to World War IIp. 1
Beginningsp. 3
Charles Babbage and His Analytical Enginep. 10
The Astronomical Ephemerisp. 27
The Universities: Maxwell and Boolep. 31
Integrators and Planimetersp. 39
Michelson, Fourier Coefficients, and the Gibbs Phenomenonp. 52
Boolean Algebra: x[superscript 2] = xx = xp. 60
Billings, Hollerith, and the Censusp. 65
Ballistics and the Rise of the Great Mathematiciansp. 72
Bush's Differential Analyzer and Other Analog Devicesp. 84
Adaptation to Scientific Needsp. 106
Renascence and Triumph of Digital Means of Computationp. 115
Wartime Developments: ENIAC and EDVACp. 121
Electronic Efforts prior to the ENIACp. 123
The Ballistic Research Laboratoryp. 127
Differences between Analog and Digital Machinesp. 140
Beginnings of the ENIACp. 148
The ENIAC as a Mathematical Instrumentp. 157
John von Neumann and the Computerp. 167
Beyond the ENIACp. 184
The Structure of the EDVACp. 204
The Spread of Ideasp. 211
First Calculations on the ENIACp. 225
Post-World War II: The von Neumann Machine and The Institute for Advanced Studyp. 237
Post-EDVAC Daysp. 239
The Institute for Advanced Study Computerp. 252
Automata Theory and Logic Machinesp. 271
Numerical Mathematicsp. 286
Numerical Meteorologyp. 300
Engineering Activities and Achievementsp. 306
The Computer and UNESCOp. 321
The Early Industrial Scenep. 325
Programming Languagesp. 333
Conclusionsp. 342
World-Wide Developmentsp. 349
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780691023670
ISBN-10: 0691023670
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 21st October 1980
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.55  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59