ON THE MECHANICAL PERFORMANCE OF LOGICAL INFERENCE
first editionOriginal Wrappers
by Jevons, William Stanley (1835-1882)
London: Taylor & Francis, 1870. First Edition. Original Wrappers. Quarto (9"X12"). Published in: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, THE COMPLETE VOLUME; Vol. 160, part II, pages 497-518, original printed wrappers, partially unopened. A fine copy in a custom slipcase. FIRST EDITION of Jevons' "Logical piano" so called because of its resemblance to an upright piano. This was the first computing machine to solve complex problems faster than humans. Some of the features of this logical piano are integrated into modern computers. The present work describes Jevons' machine; 3 plates are bound in, which illustrate the internal structure of the machine. The logical piano is on display at the Oxford Museum of the History of Science. Lee, Computer Pioneers, pages 400-401.
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