Universal History of Computing From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer

ISBN-10: 0471441473

ISBN-13: 9780471441472

Edition: 2000

Authors: Georges Ifrah

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This volume continues the author's story from The Universal History of Numbers to cover the invention of computers and the binary number system, as well as recently discovered numbers systems, including surreal numbers and numerical codes.
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/10/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Historical Summary of Arithmetic, Numerical Notation, and Writing Systems
From the Particular to the General: Arithmetic Leads to Algebra
From Calculation to Calculus
Binary Arithmetic and Other Non-decimal Systems
From Clockwork Calculator to Computer: The History of Automatic Calculation
Human Calculation and Machine Calculation
Pre-Renaissance Obstacles to Mechanical Calculation and the Beginnings of the Breakthrough
The Calculating Machine
The Keyboard Comes on the Scene. From Adding Machine to Cash Register
From Mechanisation of Simple Arithmetic to Automatic Arithmetic on an Industrial Scale
Analogue Computation. Origins and Development
The Contribution of Automata
The Development of Punched-tape Solutions
Charles Babbage, his Analytical Engine, and his Followers
Developments in Electromechanical Calculating Machines
The Electronic Revolution
Fully Programmed Machines
On the Road to the Computer: Recapitulation
The Contribution of the Mathematical Logicians
The Advent of Set Theory
The Contribution of Alan Turing
Further Progress Towards the Computer with John von Neumann
The First Generation of True Computers
The Pocket Calculator
What is a Computer?
Information, the New Universal Dimension
Conclusion: Intelligence, Science, and the Future of Mankind
List of Abbreviations
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