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The Man Who Invented the Computer Free read ✓ 106 Free download â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ä Jane Smiley Jane Smiley ä 6 Read Moving drum to serve as memory could yield a computing machine that would make his life and the lives of other similarly burdened scientists easier Then he went back and built the machine It worked The whole world changed Why don’t we know the name of John Atanasoff as well as we know those of Alan Turing and John von Neumann Because he never patented the device and because the developers of the far better known ENIAC. I was looking forward to reading this but was pretty disappointed The author has obviously spent a lot of time researching the facts Unfortunately she spends most of her time repeating every bit of information she found instead of constructing a compelling narrative

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The Man Who Invented the Computer Free read ✓ 106 Free download â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ä Jane Smiley Jane Smiley ä 6 Read From one of our most acclaimed novelists a  David and Goliath biography for the digital ageOne night in the late 1930s in a bar on the Illinois–Iowa border John Vincent Atanasoff a professor of physics at Iowa State University after a frustrating day performing tedious mathematical calculations in his lab hit on the idea that the binary number system and electronic switches com­bined with an array of capacitors on a. An interesting look at the various characters involved in the invention of the computer Whether John Vincent Atanasoff truly invented the computer or not is still a controversial subject among some circles but there is no doubt that Atanasoff and graduate student Clifford Berry invented a computing machine while Atanasoff was a physics professor at Iowa State University then Iowa State College in 1939 The device was created specifically to solve differential euations to aid Atanasoff in solving physics problems that were incredibly laborious and time consuming to work using traditional methods of the day The Atanasoff Berry Computer ABC as it came to be known was shown to work on multiple occasions and in the 1973 decision of a patent case that determined the origins of the first digital electronic computer the judge decided that the ABC which predated the ENIAC computer was in fact the first and some of its pioneering concepts were incorporated into the ENIAC by John Mauchly who visited Atanasoff in Ames IA to see the ABC before starting work on the ENIAC and J Presper EckertAs an alum of Iowa State University and its Computer Science department which is based out of a building named after Atanasoff I am of course supportive of the patent decision What I found most interesting about Smiley s book was that while it centers around Atanasoff s work she weaves in the tales of other significant individuals who contributed significantly to the invention of the computer including Mauchly and Eckert Konrad Zuse who basically invented his own computing machine in his parents basement while isolated in Germany before and during WWII and Alan Turing and Johnny Flowers who worked on code breaking machines at Bletchley Park in England that were critical to the Allied victoryHaving just heard Jane Smiley talk about this book during a return visit to Iowa State University last night I particularly liked her characterization of John Mauchly not as a thief or villain but as a conduit who helped get Atanasoff s groundbreaking ideas out of the somewhat isolated land grant university in the middle of Iowa to the commercial world where the power of capitalism and availability of resources to fight the war helped propel the innovation further and further to the point where the phone in my pocket can now solve Atanasoff s physics problems a million times faster than the ABC and without punch cardsOverall I enjoyed this book a lot and it has piued my interest to read other accounts and biographies of all the significant individuals involved in the origin of the computer I would have given 4 stars but the writing seemed a bit disjointed at times and glossed over aspects that I would have liked to see explored in detail

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The Man Who Invented the Computer Free read ✓ 106 Free download â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ä Jane Smiley Jane Smiley ä 6 Read Almost certainly stole critical ideas from him But in 1973 a court declared that the patent on that Sperry Rand device was invalid opening the intellectual property gates to the computer revolution Jane Smiley tells the uintessentially American story of the child of immigrants John Atanasoff with technical clarity and narrative drive making the race to develop digital computing as gripping as a real life techno thriller. This book says it is a biography of Atanasoff but it talks just as much about Zuse Turing Von Neumann Eckert and Mauchly The ABC was important the first electronic digital computer but it wasn t a universal machine ENIAC 1946 was a universal Turing machine but the programming was still done by physical rewiring It was the SSEM and Mark I 1948 out of Manchester that were the first computers that used software storing programs in the same way they stored data A compiler for example was only possible on the Mark IAnyway the book is mostly about who got what ideas from who which I guess is important but I didn t really care that much about who gets credit I just wanted to understand better how we had gotten from specialized punch card machines and analog electronic designs to universal digital computersAlthough it didn t mention much about it in the book I think IBM deserves a lot of credit for building the first commercially available computers The Mark I was built in 1948 and within four years IBM had managed to come up with a design that was able to be mass produced the IBM 701


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    (Pdf New) [The Man Who Invented the Computer] By Jane Smiley A great non geek but technical report of the WW II era computer pioneers including Turing von Neumann Zuse in Europe and others Atanasoff has been presented by others as being an underdog but he was apparently a crank who died rich Was Atana

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    (Pdf New) [The Man Who Invented the Computer] By Jane Smiley Free download â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ä Jane Smiley An interesting look at the various characters involved in the invention of the computer Whether John Vincent Atanasoff truly invented the computer or not is still a controversial subject among some circles but the

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    Free download â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ä Jane Smiley Jane Smiley ä 6 Read (Pdf New) [The Man Who Invented the Computer] By Jane Smiley The history of computing is one of my favourite topics While I had heard about Atanasoff and his ABC computer before and even that it was judged to be the first computer in a legal case I never knew the details of either Th

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    (Pdf New) [The Man Who Invented the Computer] By Jane Smiley While Jane Smiley is a fabulous writer this was far from one of her better efforts There are a number of problems first what should have been an exciting story of a man robbed of his invention turns out to be a dry recitation of facts not well

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    Read & Download The Man Who Invented the Computer (Pdf New) [The Man Who Invented the Computer] By Jane Smiley Jane Smiley ä 6 Read I was looking forward to reading this but was pretty disappointed The author has obviously spent a lot of time researching the facts Unfortunately she spends most of her time repeating every bit of information she found ins

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    Jane Smiley ä 6 Read Free download â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ä Jane Smiley Read & Download The Man Who Invented the Computer This is an interesting book on a relevant timely and somewhat controversial subject Relevant because hardly anyone's life on Earth is unaffected by computers they handle communications control machinery perform intricate bookkeeping for banks and credit companies keep track of inventories store images and contents of books edge out

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    (Pdf New) [The Man Who Invented the Computer] By Jane Smiley Free download â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ä Jane Smiley Read & Download The Man Who Invented the Computer This book says it is a biography of Atanasoff but it talks just as much about Zuse Turing Von Neumann Eckert and Mauchly The ABC was important the first electronic digital computer but it wasn't a universal machine ENIAC 1946 was a universal Turing machine but the programming was still done by physical rewiring It was the

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    (Pdf New) [The Man Who Invented the Computer] By Jane Smiley Jane Smiley ä 6 Read Free download â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ä Jane Smiley It's a rather cluttered biography populated by too many characters interacting in a complex enterprise Conseuently the character of the protagonist Atanasoff fails to develop any real depth I ended up knowing what he did and when he did it but I never felt a connection with him which a successful biography should stimulate He was a brilliant and uirky character but the depiction of his personality remains superficial

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    (Pdf New) [The Man Who Invented the Computer] By Jane Smiley Jane Smiley ä 6 Read Read & Download The Man Who Invented the Computer The modern computer had many early developers The book focuses on Atanasoff original ABC computer and other key people involved in development of the computer The computer evolved as numerous people worked to create workable machines mostly in order to further their nations' efforts in World War II

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