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Von Neumann's First Computer Program, in, Computing Surveys volume 2 no. 4, December 1970. Donald Knuth.

Von Neumann's First Computer Program, in, Computing Surveys volume 2 no. 4, December 1970.

ACM Association for Computing Machinery, the survey and tutorial journal of the ACM; December 1970; pp 247-301 inclusive, double-column text, photographs, illustrations, references.
Condition: Very Good overall, glossy cardstock covers (this year's maroon and white covers), some cover rubbing and light edgewear, upper lefthand corner near spine with several dimples like pencil-point impressions, not affecting internal pages. Binding is tight, pages clean and unmarked. Mailing label removed from rear cover.
Price: $35.00
Item no. M10855
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Donald E Knuth -- Von Neumann's First Computer Program; Lyle B. Smith -- A Survey of Interactive Graphical Systems for Mathematics

Knuth's article -- 'an analysis of the two earliest sets of instruction codes planned for stored program computers, and the earliest extant program for such a computer, gives insight into the thoughts of John von Neumann, the man who designed the instruction set and wrote the program, and shows how several important aspects of computing have evolved. The paper is based on previously unpublished documents from the files of Herman H. Goldstine' (from the abstract).

Includes -- Introduction; The Early EDVAC; the Next EDVAC; the Sorting Program; Storage Allocation and Timing; The Sequel; References

Smith's article -- 'extant, extinct, and proposed (1970's) systems for performing interactive mathematics are surveyed, with special attention to those systems with graphical output. The systems are grouped as general purpose graphical, special purpose graphical, and other systems of interest... A summary includes a discussion of many of the references that appear in the fairly comprehensive bibliography. Keywords to the article include interactive graphics, interactive mathematics, graphical systems, man-machine interaction, on-line computing, computer graphics' (from the abstract)

Photographs include THE BRAIN (formerly TOC) console consisting of 10-inch Tektronix (611) storage scope and a special keyboard; Console used with GAMMA (CERN copy of Culler-Fried System); the AMTRAN console to be used with the comprehensive 1130 AMTEAM system now in final stages of checkout; the Lincoln Reckoner console at the TX-2; MAP console - the MIT Electronic Systems Laboratory display console, with a refreshed CRT operated over a wide bandwidth connection to the MIT CTSS time-sharing computer; POSE 360 console, IBM, more.