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Author Ifrah, Georges.

Title A universal history of computing : from the abacus to the quantum computer / Georges Ifrah ; translated from the French, and with notes by E.F. Harding, assisted by Sophie Wood ... [and others].

Published New York : John Wiley, 2000.

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 UniM Bund  004.09 IFRA {Bund89 20200519}    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Saga du calcul. English.
Physical description 410 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Historical Summary of Arithmetic, Numerical Notation, and Writing Systems 3 -- Chapter 2 From the Particular to the General: Arithmetic Leads to Algebra 64 -- Chapter 3 From Calculation to Calculus 69 -- Chapter 4 Binary Arithmetic and Other Non-decimal Systems 86 -- Chapter 5 From Clockwork Calculator to Computer: The History of Automatic Calculation 99 -- 1 Human Calculation and Machine Calculation 100 -- 2 Pre-Renaissance Obstacles to Mechanical Calculation and the Beginnings of the Breakthrough 110 -- 3 Calculating Machine 121 -- 4 Keyboard Comes on the Scene. From Adding Machine to Cash Register 130 -- 5 From Mechanisation of Simple Arithmetic to Automatic Arithmetic on an Industrial Scale 138 -- 6 Analogue Computation. Origins and Development 154 -- 7 Contribution of Automata 167 -- 8 Development of Punched-tape Solutions 179 -- 9 Charles Babbage, his Analytical Engine, and his Followers 189 -- 10 Developments in Electromechanical Calculating Machines 201 -- 11 Electronic Revolution 215 -- 12 Fully Programmed Machines 223 -- 13 On the Road to the Computer: Recapitulation 232 -- 14 Contribution of the Mathematical Logicians 244 -- 15 Advent of Set Theory 254 -- 16 Contribution of Alan Turing 272 -- 17 Further Progress Towards the Computer with John von Neumann 280 -- 18 First Generation of True Computers 293 -- 19 Pocket Calculator 295 -- Chapter 6 What is a Computer? 302 -- Chapter 7 Information, the New Universal Dimension 323 -- Conclusion: Intelligence, Science, and the Future of Mankind 348.
Summary Continues Ifrah's story from The Universal History of Numbers to cover the story of the invention of computers and the binary number system, as well as recently discovered number systems (eg. "surreal" numbers) and hot topics (eg. numerical codes).
Subject Electronic data processing -- History.
Computers -- History.
ISBN 0471396710 (cloth : alk. paper)