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Early British Computers -- the story of vintage computers and the people who built them. Simon Lavington.

Early British Computers -- the story of vintage computers and the people who built them.

Manchester University Press 1980, 139 pages, index, photographs, references.
Condition: Very Good stiff cardstock covers, softcover, dark blue illustrated covers, titles in white on spine and cover; light shelfwear esp. at corners, binding is sound and secure, pages clean, unmarked.
Price: $10.00
Item no. R382
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Introduction; Computing in the 1930s; The second world war; The Technology of Early Computers;

the ACE - the 'British National Computer'; The Cambridge EDSAC; The Manchester Mark I;

the NPL Pilot ACE; Transistor computers; Defence computers; Elliott Brothers; Pioneering small computers; LEO and English Electric;

Ferranti Ltd, ICT and ICL; Programming an early computer; Meanwhile in America...; The National Research Development Corporation;

Appendices -- the plain man's guide to computer terminology; Technical Specifications of 15 early British computers; Technical Specifications of 9 early American computers; Bibliography and references; Index.

Photographs of vintage computers and vintage computing equipment and personnel throughout the book.

'Much of the pioneering work on modern computers took place in Britain between 1945 and 1955, including such landmarks as the world's first working stored-program computer, the first commercially available computer, and the first transistorized computer. This book tells the story of these and other machines and their designers. Beginning with a survey of computing in the 1930s, it includes secret wartime developments, post-war research in universities and government establishments, and the work of companies such as Elliott Brothers, English Electric, Ferranti and Lyons in the 1950s. From here the growth of an indigenous computer industry is traced up to the period of merger and consolidation in the early 1960s. Contemporary American developments highlight the interplay of ideas on both sides of the Atlantic. With its guide to the terminology used in early computers, and large numbers of unique photographs and comprehensive bibliography, this is an invaluable book for expert and general reader alike.' (from the rear cover).