Academic Press NY & London, 1958, second printing 1960; 336 pages, Index, bibliography, diagrams.
Condition: Very Good overall, maroon cloth hardcover, no dustjacket; ex-corporate library rubberstamp on front pastedown (Western Electric), with pocket at rear; light wear at spine ends, faded numeral on lower spine; binding sound & square, pages clean, unmarked.
Categories: 1950's computers and computing, 1960's computers and computing, Computer Science, Computers and Society, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Hardware, Human-Computer Interaction, Mathematics, Programming and Programming Languages, General Programming, Philosophy of Programming, Technical Journals, Proceedings, Conferences, Miscellaneous
Item DescriptionIntroduction - Objectives; Machines; Programming & Coding; Problem analysis, computing time, ease of programming & coding; Automatic Digital Computers -- historical survey -- early developments, magnetic drum computers, acoustic memory computers, electrostatic memory, magentic core computers; Functions & components; Number Representation; Memory; Arithmetic; Control; Input & Output - automatic terminal media; nonautomatic; auxiliary operations & equipment; Coding and Programming -- coding in a four-address system; single-address system; flow charts, subroutines etc; Machine Aids - to maintenance; to operation; to coding;
Problem Analysis -- Errors; Overflow & scaling; Checking; evaluation of explicit functions; differentiation & integration; Ordinary differential equations; Partial differential equations; Algebraic equations; Nonlinear equations; Characteristic roots of matrices; Matching Problems and Machines -- Problems from Science and Engineering --- mechanics of rigid bodies, of continua Electromagnetism and optics; thermodynamics and physical chemistry; atomic and molecular physics; Problems from other areas - business-type applications; control and simulation; pseudo-logical problems;
Characteristics of Machine Computation Laboratories - machine characteristics; personnel; plant and administration; outlook; Literature; Subject Index.
A look at computer characteristics and needs, in the short time since the electronic digital computer became widely available (1960).