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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 8 Number 4 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
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Abstract

In this issue of the Annals of the History of Computing, we have a variety of different articles. Ainsley Evesham writes about nomograms, which have been used for some 200 years, although most of our readers have probably never heard of them. Nomograms are graphic representations of mathematical relationships, collections of curves whose intersections provide easy-to-use solutions to complicated equations. They were originally created to help with French civil engineering projects, and their use spread rapidly. Some of them are still used.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1986 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 8 Number 4 October 1986 [Front Matter]

Contents About this Issue - Bernard A. Galler.....323

Articles Origins and Development of Nomography - H. A. Evesham.....324 Using geometry to do
mathematical computations

Alwin Walther, IPM, and the Development of Calculator/Computer Technology in Germany, 1930-1945 - Wilfried de Beauclair.....334 The work of the founder of the Institut fur Praktische
Mathematik in Darmstadt

International Diffusion of Computer Technology, 1945-1955 William Aspray.....351 Transfer of
technology across national borders after World War II

Clifford Edward Berry, 1918-1963: His Role in Early Computers Jean R. Berry.....361 The life
and work of the engineer on the Atanasoff-Berry Computer Departments

Anecdotes.....370 Britain's Real-Time Club - Nancy Foy Recollections About IFIP People - Leon
Lukaszewicz

Self-Study Questions.....373

Comments, Queries, and Debate.....374 EDSAC Program Montgomery Phister, Jr. Memories of
the 650 Edward W. Ver Hoef

Notices.....377 Reviews.....380 Stan Augarten, "Bit by Bit"Heinz Zemanek Dorothy Stein, "Ada,
A Life and a Legacy"James E. Tomayko Capsule Reviews

Referees.....383

Index, Volume 8, 1986, Annals of the History of Computing..... [Material omitted]

About this Issue

In this issue of the Annals of the History of Computing, we have a variety of different articles. Ainsley Evesham writes about nomograms, which have been used for some 200 years, although most of our readers have probably never heard of them. Nomograms are graphic representations of mathematical relationships, collections of curves whose intersections provide easy-to-use solutions to complicated equations. They were originally created to help with French civil engineering projects, and their use spread rapidly. Some of them are still used.

Wilfried de Beauclair has studied the early German computer industry, concentrating in this issue on the work of Alwin Walther at the Institut fur Praktische Mathematik (IPM) at the Technische Hochschule in Darmstadt. Walther influenced many pioneers of the German computer scene, and de Beauclair conveys some of the impact Walther and IPM had on analog devices and other computer precursors in wartime Germany. He also comments on the shortsightedness of the German military in not recognizing the value of that work.

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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 8 Number 4 -- Front Matter

Jean Berry gives us a deeply personal view of her husband, Clifford E. Berry, who worked with John Vincent Atanasoff to build the Atanasoff- Berry Computer, an electronic digital computer that never fulfilled its promise as a production machine. Berry had an...