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A Bell Telephone Laboratories Computing Machine, parts I and II, in, MTAC Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation volume III, nos. 21 and 22, January and April 1948. Franz Alt.

A Bell Telephone Laboratories Computing Machine, parts I and II, in, MTAC Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation volume III, nos. 21 and 22, January and April 1948.

National Research Council Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation, III, nos. 21 & 22, 1948.
Condition: Very Good overall; 2 issues of MTAC containing the complete article by Alt in 2 parts, pp 1 -13 and 69 - 84; original light green printed wraps, fading to extremities, light corner bumps & creases. Tight stapled binding; pages clean and unmarked.
Price: $1,250.00
Item no. K6248
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Previous owner rubberstamp on upper front from a computer engineer who worked on the ATLAS and other projects (George A Hardenbergh).
Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation, III, numbers 21 and 22, January and April, 1948. Origins of Cyberspace, 912

These issues also contain a detailed description the lectures given at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946, and published in two volumes September and November, 1947 ('These volumes were reviewed by Dr. CH Page and Mr. SN Alexander, both of the National Bureau of Standards... Mr. Alexander summarized and critiqued those chapters of the report which are concerned with machine design. Dr. Page... has limited his review to those chapters of the report dealing with the mathematical phases of electronic digital computers...' (from the section on Automatic Computing Machinery)

There are also summaries and reviews of each of the two editions of Arthur W. Burks, Herman H. Goldstine, and John von Neuman, Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument-- 'As the authors state, the arithmetic organ has been discussed in greater detail... This second edition of the report is of interest in that it presents the most recent ideas of a competent group of designers of an automatically-sequenced, electronic digital computing machine...' (from the review)

Other articles in these issues -- The Square Root Method for Solving Simultaneous Linear Equations; Coefficients for expressing the first twenty-four powers in terms of the legendre polynomials; A new approximation to pi (conclusion); Recent Mathematical Tables (incl US Hydrographic Office, MIT dept. Electr Engin.; Germany, more); Errata and unpublished mathematical tables; Automatic Computing Machinery -- discussions - decimal point location in computing machines;

Bibliography Z-II (Burks, Goldstine & von Neumann); Comrie; Goldstine & von Neumann; Hartree); News; Other aids to Computation (bibliography Z-II); Notes - certain gear-ratio tables; Guide (MTAC no. 7); Suppl 6); Herman Hollerith; Interpolation of functions tabulated at fixed points; The National Applied Mathematics Laboratories; NAML - the Computation Laboratory; Russia and Mathematics; queries, replies - portraits and biographies of British Mathematical Table Makers; Corrigenda;

April 1948 -- Discussions - Applications of Large-scale High-speed Computing Machines to Statistical work; Bibliography Z-III (includes Cesareao; Juely; Hartree; Burks, Goldstine & von Neumann; Moore School E E); News; Other aids; Notes - German Altitude and Azimuth Tables; Harry Bateman; The Magnitude of Higher terms of the Lucasian sequence; Mathematical table makers; portraits of table makers; Portuguese navigation table; queries & replies; corrigenda.