1952 · Cambridge
by Forrester, Jay W.; Charles W. Adams
Cambridge: MIT, 1952. [Forrester, Jay Wright (1918-2016) and Charles W. Adams.] Digital computers and their applications. Lecture-notes summer session 1952. Mimeographed typescript. ff., variously numbered. Text diagrams. Cambridge: Digital Computer Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1952. 286 x 220 mm. Original printed wrappers, a bit faded, in later cloth binder with printed spine label. Very good. Printed brochure, titled "Massachusetts Institute of Technology announces a special program in digital computers and their applications" (3pp.), bound in. Bookplate of Erwin Tomash (1921-2012). First Printing. MIT was the second American educational institution after the Moore School to offer courses on electronic digital computing. In the summer of 1952 MIT gave the first of what would be a series of summer sessions on "Digital computers and their applications," designed to provide scientists, engineers, and business people with a better understanding of the potentialities and limitations of electronic information-processing systems. Among the instructors were Forrester, the head of the team designing the Whirlwind I, and D. J. Wheeler, co-author of The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer (1951), the first textbook on computer programming. This copy, from the library of computing pioneer Erwin Tomash, includes a copy of the brochure advertising the MIT course. See Origins of Cyberspace 617.
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