Urbana: University of Illinois. Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket. 1953. First Edition; Second Printing. Hardcover. ix, (1), 138 pages; Original owner's small bookplate of front pastedown endpaper [Thomas A. Carpenter]; otherwise clean and tight in original brick cloth binding. Dustjacket is edgeworn and has several large chips along top edge & spine. Rear panel of dustjacket has an ad for Shannon's classic work The Mathematical Theory of Communication. The work is based on a series of lectures Hartree gave at the University of Illinois in 1948. Hartree had an early interest in machine calculation and built the first differential analyzer in Britain for the graphical solution of differential equations. He later pioneered in the introduction of digital computers and their use in the United Kingdom. The first chapters describe analogue devices, particularly differential analyzers. That analysis is followed by a chapter on digital computers, then a chapter describing Charles Babbage's early calculating machines, with a discussion of Lady Lovelace's 1843 paper pioneering computer programming. Hartree's description of the Harvard Mark I & II calculators is followed by discussion of various projectst, including magnetic drums and tapes, Boolean algebra for circuit analysis, and flowcharts for programming. Finally, there are accounts of the plans for several machines, including EDVAC, UNIVAC, and Mark III followed by a survey of the prospects for numerical analysis. A very nice copy of this highpoint of computing history. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. . (Inventory #: 40230)
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