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elson at pico-systems.com
Tue Feb 10 21:52:08 CST 2015
On 02/10/2015 11:42 AM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 02/10/2015 09:23 AM, Jon Elson wrote:
>> misconceptions and misinformation out there.
>> OK, my only comment to that is the stuff that says
>> "Turing was THE
>> father of the computer, period, full stop."
>> Note the singular.
>> What about Charles Babbage and (Augusta) Ada Byron? How
>> can you leave
>> them out?
> How about John Antansaoff? From Wikip, to refresh your
Atanasoff and Berry did a GREAT job, but it wasn't actually
a "computer" by
the Turing definition. It took instructions from cards and
executed them as
they were read on the card reader. I think it may have had
to suppress instructions on some condition, but couldn't
actually do a branch.
Then, after completing the calculation the built it for, the
university junked it and
all that was left were some drawings in a few binders. They
about the machine itself, and it was largely unknown for
They probably could have advanced some areas of computing if
published the technical details of their machine. It was
pretty obvious that
if they had actually needed a stored program computer with
ability, they were sharp enough they could have built such a
machine, but they
just didn't need it for the class of equations they were
So, as far as I'm concerned, Atanasoff and Berry are a VERY
in early computing, but didn't actually contribute directly
to the development
of computers. Atanasoff sure upset some people when he
the Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand suit.
Now, my freshman adviser at Washington University was
the grad student who worked with Jay Forrester on coincident
core memory! Wow, talk about something that REALLY affected the
development of computers!
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