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GIANT BRAINS or, Machines That Think, 1949 1st edition, hardcover no dustjacket. Edmund C. Berkeley.

GIANT BRAINS or, Machines That Think, 1949 1st edition, hardcover no dustjacket.

John Wiley & Sons NY 1949, first edition; 270 pages, subject index, name index, illustrations.
Condition: Good+ to very good overall, gray hardcover, titles in dark blue on cover and spine; lacks the dustjacket, 1949 first edition; light wear to spine ends, front endpaper torn our and previous owner's name etc. in ink on inside front cover pastedown. The binding is secure and sound, the pages are clean, unmarked.
Price: $65.00
Item no. R278
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CONTENTS -- Can Machines Think - what is a mechanical brain; Languages - systems for handling information; A Machine That Will Think - the design of a very simple mechanical brain; Counting Holes - punch-card calculating machines; Measuring - Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Differential Analyzer No. 2; Accuracy to 23 Digits - Harvard's IBM Automatic Sequence-Controlled Calculator; Speed, 5000 Additions a Second - Moore School's ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator)

Reliability - No Wrong Results -- Bell Laboratories' General-Purpose Relay Calculator; Reasoning - The Kalin-Burkhart Logical-Truth Calculator; An Excursion - the future design of machines that think; The Future - Machines that think, and what they might do for men; Social Control - Machines that think, and how Society may control them; supplements - words & ideas; mathematics; references.

'The first popular book on electronic computers... When [it] was published, electronic computers were virtually unknown to the general public... Berkeley's book includes chapters on the Harvard Mark I and ENIAC, as well as notices of electronic computers then under construction. Punched-card machines and Bush's DIfferential Analyzer are also discussed, and the final chapters deal with the future impact of computers on society. Pages 229-60 contain the first attempt at a comprehensive annotated bibliography of computer literature, which listed a high percentage of the very small number of publications then available on the subject... Giant Brains also contains the earliest description of Berkeley's own 'Simon' machine, which has been called the first personal computer... a miniature mechanical brain containing 129 relays, a stepping switch & a five-hole paper tape feed. The first Simon was built in 1950...' [Hook & Norman,Origins of CyberspacE #463].