Originally published in 1960, as the second edition of a 1957 original, this textbook is aimed at those without advanced mathematical training and provides a comprehensive introductory account of digital computers, what they are capable of doing and how they are made to do it. It begins with a discussion of programming - the preparation of instructions for the computer. This leads on to a consideration of systems of number storage, from the simple decimal system of desk calculating machines to the varieties of binary storage systems used in modern high-speed computers. The final chapter considers points, which arise in applying computers to engineering calculations, and gives details of some of the problems already solved in this way. Throughout the book the emphasis is on the applications of computers to routine work rather than to advanced research. This book will be of value to students of the history of computer science.
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- Date Published: February 2017
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316633304
- length: 70 pages
- dimensions: 217 x 140 x 4 mm
- weight: 0.1kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of plates
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
1. The elements of programming
2. Input, storage and output of numbers
3. The organization of programmes
4. The solution of engineering problems
References for further reading
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