The Computer--from Pascal to Von Neumann

The Computer--from Pascal to Von Neumann

eBook - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Surveys the historical development of the computer, paying special attention to events since the World War II creation of ENIAC

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 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.



Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1993]
ISBN: 9781400820139
1400820138
0691023670
9780691023670
0691081042
9780691081045
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 378 p.) : ill

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