31 Jan '17, 6pm

ENIAC: The Way We Were

I can also recommend “Eniac: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World’s First Computer”, by Scott McCartney. I read it a few years ago and enjoyed it. I’ll have to read the book mentioned above. I’ve become very interested in the early history of computing machines. I’m not quite old enough to have used a vacuum tube machine, but I have used systems that were built of discrete transistors and had magnetic core memory. I’ve seen the pieces of ENIAC that the Smithsonian has (currently not on display) and the parts in the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. I plan to go up to Philadelphia some time and see the sections at the Moore School of Engineering, where it was built. Surprisingly, none of it is on display at Aberdeen, just up the road from me, where it was installed. ENIAC was a one-off, as noted. As they were building it, Eckert came up with what is now called th...

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