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An Annotated Bibliography on the Origins of Digital Computers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129326D
Original Publication Date: 1979-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

BRIAN RANDELL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The bibliography contains nearly 750 annotated and indexed citations to papers, books, and other items relating to the origins of the modern electronic computer. The topics covered range from early digital calculating devices and mechanical automata to the first stored program computers. New entries were added up to June, 1979.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1979 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

An Annotated Bibliography on the Origins of Digital Computers

BRIAN RANDELL

    (Image Omitted: © 1979, American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage, the AFIPS copyright notice and the title of the publication and its date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires specific permission. Author's address: Computing Laboratory, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Claremont Tower, Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, England. © 1979 AFIPS 0164-1239/79/020101-107 [Figure containing following caption omitted:

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The bibliography contains nearly 750 annotated and indexed citations to papers, books, and other items relating to the origins of the modern electronic computer. The topics covered range from early digital calculating devices and mechanical automata to the first stored program computers. New entries were added up to June, 1979.

Keywords and phrases: calculating machines, sequence control mechanisms, cryptanalytic devices, punched card machinery, electromechanical and relay calculators, stored program electronic computers.

CR categories: 1.2, 6.21, 6.4

Introduction

This bibliography is a revised and considerably extended version of that appearing in The Origins of Digital Computers: Selected Papers (Ed. B. Randell: Springer Verlag (1973)). It concentrates on the period from Babbage to the invention of the stored program electronic digital computer in the mid- 1940s, but also contains items relating to earlier work on mechanical calculation and on devices incorporating sequence control mechanisms. The bibliography covers events up to about 1949 when the earliest stored program computers became operational, but no attempt has been made to cover the explosive growth in the literature on electronic computers which occurred after 1946, when a large number of computer projects were started in the United States and elsewhere based directly on the plans for the EDVAC or the Institute for Advanced Study computers. All the items listed have been inspected, sometimes rather cursorily, by the author. (Some items which are still being sought are listed in Appendix 1, as a challenge to interested readers.)

The bibliography is listed in alphabetical order by author; anonymous items are listed last. In order to facilitate use of the index, when more than one publication is listed for a given author the name of the author is followed by the year of publication in parentheses. Where there is more than one publication in one year, the year is followed by a, b, .... Although...