By Eric A. Weiss (auth.), Eric A. Weiss (eds.)
A desktop technology Reader covers the full box of computing, from its technological prestige via its social, financial and political importance. The book's sincerely written decisions symbolize the simplest of what has been released within the first three-and-a-half years of ABACUS, Springer-Verlag's internatioanl quarterly magazine for computing execs. one of the articles incorporated are: - U.S. as opposed to IBM: An workout in Futility? via Robert P. Bigelow - Programmers: The novice vs. the pro by means of Henry Ledgard - The Composer and the pc via Lejaren Hiller - SDI: a contravention accountability via David L. Parnas - Who Invented the 1st digital electronic computing device? by means of Nancy Stern - Foretelling the long run through Adaptive Modeling through Ian H. Witten and John G. Cleary - The 5th iteration: Banzai or Pie-in-the-Sky? through Eric A. Weiss This quantity includes greater than 30 contributions by means of notable and authoritative authors grouped into the magazine's typical different types: Editorials, Articles, Departments, studies from Correspondents, and lines. A Computer technology Reader should be fascinating and demanding to any computing specialist or pupil who desires to learn about the prestige, tendencies, and controversies in desktop technological know-how today.
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NANCY STERN The electronic digital computer was invented just over four decades ago, ushering in a series of technological changes which can only be compared to the Industrial Revolution in their scope, magnitude, and impact. Even though we are still in the infancy-if not the birth throes-of this so-called "computer revolution," its history has been the subject of considerable interest in recent years. This article will address one fundamental issue in the history of computing: who should be credited with the invention of the first electronic digital computer?
In each case, the programs are written without regard to anyone else having to understand, debug, or maintain them. A number of issues are unimportant when programs are written for individual use. It doesn't matter if input formats are unwieldy or inconvenient or if the program doesn't work well or all of the time-as long as it works most of the time. These shortcomings are acceptable. What may seem to be bizarre and unusual inputs do not concern the amateur programmer. In writing a program for solving the roots of an equation, for instance, it matters little that someone might enter inputs consisting of carriage returns, people's names, or strange control codes.
21 1980, Mauchly wrote numerous informal papers and gave lectures and interviews in which he attempted to dispel this notion. Atanasoff has remained relatively noncommittal about the controversy until recently. An autobiographical account by Atanasoff, in which he focuses on the ideas Mauchly derived from him, appeared in the July 1984 issue of the Annals of the History of Computing. In addition, Arthur W. Burks and his wife Alice R. Burks have written a detailed account of how the ENIAC derived its form from Atanasoffs computer.
A Computer Science Reader: Selections from ABACUS by Eric A. Weiss (auth.), Eric A. Weiss (eds.)