Butterworths, London, 1953, third edition 1965; 263 pages, index, bibliography, illus. with photographs and diagrams throughout.
Condition: Good to very good overall, prev. owner's bookplate scraped off on front endpaper, leaving some remains; thumb-sized area at top of front board worn and scraped. The binding is sound but hinges a bit weakening; pages are clean, unmarked.
Categories: 1950's computers and computing, 1960's computers and computing, Computer Science, Computers and Society, Databooks, Handbooks, Manuals, Hardware, Programming and Programming Languages, Assembly and Machine Language, General Programming, Philosophy of Programming
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Item DescriptionTechnological advance has made necessary an almost complete revision of the text in the areas of device concepts and of computer programming. Computer structure is not yet established in its final form, although microelectronics, thin film magnetics and cryogenics seem to be the main contenders for permanence... possibly the most exciting area of computer research at the present time (1965) is that of artificial intelligence... (from the Preface to the third edition)
Contents include -- The Mechanical Era; The Advent of Electronic Techniques; the overall design of a computing system; The Control, the arithmetic unit, misc. operations; input-output, Gates, single digit storage, misc. components;
Storage Devices; definition of a code and discussion of its form and contents; the Technique of Programming; subroutines; Automatic programming; a compiler system; Some applications of Computing Machines; more.