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An edition of The Man Who Invented the Computer (2010)

The man who invented the computer

the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer

1st ed.
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An edition of The Man Who Invented the Computer (2010)

The man who invented the computer

the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer

1st ed.
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Doubleday
Language
English
Pages
246

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From one of our most acclaimed novelists, a David-and-Goliath biography for the digital age. One night in the late 1930s, in a bar on the Illinois–Iowa border, John Vincent Atanasoff, a professor of physics at Iowa State University, after a frustrating day performing tedious mathematical calculations in his lab, hit on the idea that the binary number system and electronic switches, com­bined with an array of capacitors on a moving drum to serve as memory, could yield a computing machine that would make his life and the lives of other similarly burdened scientists easier. Then he went back and built the machine. It worked. The whole world changed. Why don’t we know the name of John Atanasoff as well as we know those of Alan Turing and John von Neumann? Because he never patented the device, and because the developers of the far-better-known ENIAC almost certainly stole critical ideas from him. But in 1973 a court declared that the patent on that Sperry Rand device was invalid, opening the intellectual property gates to the computer revolution. Jane Smiley tells the quintessentially American story of the child of immigrants John Atanasoff with technical clarity and narrative drive, making the race to develop digital computing as gripping as a real-life techno-thriller. - Publisher.

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Cover of: The man who invented the computer
The man who invented the computer: the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer
2010, Doubleday
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New York

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-232) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
004.092, B
Library of Congress
QA76.2.A75 S64 2010

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
246 p., [8] p. of plates :
Number of pages
246
Dimensions
25 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24377248M
ISBN 13
9780385527132
LCCN
2010018887
OCLC/WorldCat
502029794
Goodreads
8452159

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