Monographs in Computer Science

The Origins of Digital Computers

Selected Papers

Editors: Randell, Brian (Ed.)

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My interest in the history of digital computers became an active one when I had the fortune to come across the almost entirely forgotten work of PERCY LUDGATE, who designed a mechanical program-controlled computer in Ireland in the early 1 'JOO's. I undertook an investigation of his life and work, during which I began to realise that a large number of early developments, which we can now see as culminating in the modern digital computer, had been most undeservedly forgotten. Hopefully, historians of science, some of whom are now taking up the subject of the development of the computer and accumulating valuable data, particularly about the more recent events from the people concerned, will before too long provide us with comprehensive analytical accounts of the invention of the computer. The present book merely aims to bring together some of the more important and interesting written source material for such a history of computers. (Where necessary, papers have been translated into English, but every attempt has been made to retain the flavour of the original, and to avoid possibly misleading use of modern computing terminology.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Origins of Digital Computers
Book Subtitle
Selected Papers
Editors
  • Brian Randell
Series Title
Monographs in Computer Science
Copyright
1973
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-96242-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-96242-4
Series ISSN
0172-603X
Edition Number
2
Additional Information
First edition published as a monograph
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