The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann

Princeton University Press, 2008/09/02 - 365 ページ
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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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The author was involved with the development of ENIAC, EDVAC, and the IAS machine so perhaps not surprising that he throws a little shade on Atanasoff and Turing. There is some interesting background ... レビュー全文を読む



Wartime Developments ENIAC and EDVAC
PostWorld War II The von Neumann Machine and The Institute for Advanced Study
WorldWide Developments

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著者について (2008)

Herman H. Goldstine is currently Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society.