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Comments, Queries, and Debate: Free Computer Identification Service Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129695D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

Eric A. Weiss: AUTHOR [+2]


P.O. Box 537 Kailua, HI 96734 U.S.A.

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Copyright ©; 1991 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Comments, Queries, and Debate: Free Computer Identification Service

Eric A. Weiss

P.O. Box 537 Kailua, HI 96734 U.S.A.

Princeton University Press has gathered some previously published essays by 1. Robert Oppenheimer into a paperback volume of its Princeton Science Library series with the title Atom and Void, Essays on Science and Community. The cover illustration is identified as ...a photograph of Oppenheimer posed with Princeton University's Univac II in 1966,... from the archives of the Institute for Advanced Study.

The computer in the background is clearly the IAS and not a UNIVAC II The picture is almost certainly taken not in 1966 but on the same day in 1952 that Alan W. Richards made the famous photograph of Bigelow, Goldstine, Oppenheimer, and van Neumann in front of the IAS. This photo appears on the dust jacket of Goldstine's The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann, and in it Oppenheimer looks exactly the same, even to the set of his necktie, as he does on the paperback cover.

The Princeton University Press editor told me that the photograph had been identified for her by Princeton's Seely Mudd Library. I took my correction to that source and offered, at no charge, to check the captions of any other photos in their collection that had old computers in them. The Seely Mudd archivist...