Punched Card Methods in Scientific Computation, volume 5 in the Charles Babbage Institute Reprint Series for the History of Computing. W. J. Eckert, new, J C. McPherson.

Punched Card Methods in Scientific Computation, volume 5 in the Charles Babbage Institute Reprint Series for the History of Computing.

ISBN 0-262-05030-7; 160 pages, illustrations;.

Condition: Near Fine, maroon cloth hardcover with titles in gilt on cover and spine.

Price: $125.00

Item Description

CBI reprint series, out of print. Published in 1940, covers nearly a decade of work by W. J. Eckert on astronomical calculations by machine processes. Based on firsthand experience, it describes a gamut of large calculations that could best be carried out by machines able to process numbers in machine-readable form. These calculations include the construction of mathematical tables, the numerical integration of differential equations, numerical harmonic analysis and synthesis, and the solution of simultaneous equations.

Eckert's pioneering work on astronomical calculations followed the first use of punched card machines in the late 1920s by L J Comrie in England... (from the Introduction).