Item #25520 Automatic Digital Computers. M. V. Wilkes.

Automatic Digital Computers

New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1956. First American Edition. x, 305 pages. 8vo. Publisher's blue cloth. Lacks the dust jacket. SIGNED by author Wilkes on the title page. Scarce thus. Previous owner's name (KH Westlake) on front flyleaf. Near Fine. Cloth. [25520]

"An early book on the principles underlying the construction and use of automatic digital computers. The first chapter contains a brief survey of computer development from Babbage's time onward; other chapters focus primarily on logical design and programming. The book includes much detailed information on ENIAC, EDVAC, EDSAC, the Harvard Mark I and Mark II machines, and the Bell Laboratories Relay Computer Models V and VI." (Origins of Cyberspace 1040).

Wilkes was a British computer scientist of some note. In 1945, Wilkes was appointed as the second director of the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory (later known as the Computer Laboratory), was a founding member of the British Computing Society, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and was inducted as a Fellow of the Computer History Museum. He was involved with the construction of the EDSAC in his laboratory - the first practical stored program computer to be completed, and operated successfully from May 1949. (wikipedia)


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