The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann

The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann

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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.a€2 The 15 January 1941 issue of the Des Moines Tribune showed a photograph of Berry holding a piece of the machine. ... In the communication to the Engineering Publications Office, which seems never to have been published, Atanasoff displays a ... Indeed, von Neumann and I chose this topic for the first modern paper on numerical analysis ever written precisely because we viewed the topic as being absolutely basic to numerical mathematics.3 In his account Atanasoff stated: a€œInanbsp;...

Title:The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann
Author: Herman H. Goldstine
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2008-09-02

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