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WEIZAC: An Israeli Pioneering Adventure in Electronic Computing (1945–1963)

Authors: Corry, Leo, Leviathan, Raya

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  • Provides a detailed and richly documented account of a unique technological undertaking in the newly-born State of Israel
  • Was, unlike most of the early computer projects, privately financed, mainly by the global Jewish community
  • Draws on a wealth of documents and historical insights to reveal the processes and powers that led to the successful completion of the project
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The book tells the unique story of WEIZAC, an early computer built by a “new nation” in the early 1950s. It was created in Israel, even though the feasibility of this project was actually close to null when it was initially conceived, in 1946, and, unlike most of the early computer projects, was privately financed mainly by the Jewish world community. The book draws on a wealth of documents and historical insights to reveal the processes and powers that led to the successful completion of the project and, as well as its actual impact on scientific activities in Israel, and on the rise of a local computing community.

Based on archival data, the book shows how a synergy of personal dedication together with an organizational and national mission that links the Zionist vision with science and technology for the Jewish people helped to achieve a well-defined goal.
The book offers intriguing insights and refreshing perspectives to all readers interested in the Zionist movement or in the history of computing.

About the authors

Raya Leviathan

A Computer Science PhD (Weizmann Institute of Science) and History of Technology PhD (Tel Aviv University). Software programmer and team leader with both industrial and academic experience. Currently, a research associate in Tel Aviv University.

Leo Corry

Dean of Humanities, Bert and Barbara Cohn Professor of History and Philosophy of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25734-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-25733-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
WEIZAC: An Israeli Pioneering Adventure in Electronic Computing (1945–1963)
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25734-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25734-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-25733-0
Series ISSN
2211-4564
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 107
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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