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A Universal History of Computing: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer

Georges Ifrah ; translated from the French, and with notes by E.F. Harding, assisted by Sophie Wood ... [et al.]
Format
Book
Published
New York : John Wiley, c2001 [.i.e. 2000].
Language
English
French (translated from)
Uniform Title
Saga du Calcul English
ISBN
0471396710 (cloth : alk. paper)
Contents
  • Chapter 1 Historical Summary of Arithmetic, Numerical Notation, and Writing Systems 3
  • Chapter 2 From the Particular to the General: Arithmetic Leads to Algebra 64
  • Chapter 3 From Calculation to Calculus 69
  • Chapter 4 Binary Arithmetic and Other Non-decimal Systems 86
  • Chapter 5 From Clockwork Calculator to Computer: The History of Automatic Calculation 99
  • 1 Human Calculation and Machine Calculation 100
  • 2 Pre-Renaissance Obstacles to Mechanical Calculation and the Beginnings of the Breakthrough 110
  • 3 Calculating Machine 121
  • 4 Keyboard Comes on the Scene. From Adding Machine to Cash Register 130
  • 5 From Mechanisation of Simple Arithmetic to Automatic Arithmetic on an Industrial Scale 138
  • 6 Analogue Computation. Origins and Development 154
  • 7 Contribution of Automata 167
  • 8 Development of Punched-tape Solutions 179
  • 9 Charles Babbage, his Analytical Engine, and his Followers 189
  • 10 Developments in Electromechanical Calculating Machines 201
  • 11 Electronic Revolution 215
  • 12 Fully Programmed Machines 223
  • 13 On the Road to the Computer: Recapitulation 232
  • 14 Contribution of the Mathematical Logicians 244
  • 15 Advent of Set Theory 254
  • 16 Contribution of Alan Turing 272
  • 17 Further Progress Towards the Computer with John von Neumann 280
  • 18 First Generation of True Computers 293
  • 19 Pocket Calculator 295
  • Chapter 6 What is a Computer? 302
  • Chapter 7 Information, the New Universal Dimension 323
  • Conclusion: Intelligence, Science, and the Future of Mankind 348.
Description
410 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 378-394) and index.
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