The Staff of the Computation Laboratory - Description of a Relay Calculator (The Harvard Mark II) - 1949

The Staff of the Computation Laboratory - Description of a Relay Calculator (The Harvard Mark II) - 1949
Histoire, Science (général), Techniques - Quantité : 1 - Jaquette - Livre

We are delighted to present a 1st edition copy of this early computing work, containing numerous photographs and diagrams.

This is the manual for the Harvard Mark II, the relay based calculator built for the Navy during the last year of World War II. Installed at the Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, Virginia in 1948, it was used for developing ballistic tables.

Published as volume XXIV of The Annals of the Computation Laboratory of Harvard University, staff listed include Howard H Aiken, director of the laboratory, and Grace Hopper, a pioneer of computer programming.

The book discusses the organisation of the Mark II, its construction and its use. 3 appendices follow, including a list of codes and another on Auxiliary Tape Punching Equipment.

Overall, this book is a scarce work, particularly in the original dust jacket, and a fascinating artefact in the history of computing.

4to, xvi, 366 pages illustrations 28 cm.

27.5x21cm, pp.xvi+366. Numerous b&w photographs and diagrams.
Blue paper dust jacket with white lettering and design, unclipped. DJ chipped and worn, with hole in spine.
Blue cloth binding with gilt lettering to spine in very good condition.
Internally very good, no ownership inscriptions or bookplates. Small mark on half-title.

Item is as pictured.

Informations du lot
Nombre de livres
Histoire, Science (général), Techniques
Auteur/ Illustrateur
The Staff of the Computation Laboratory
Titre du livre
Description of a Relay Calculator (The Harvard Mark II)
Très bon état
Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
1ère édition
Langue d’origine
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
Couverture rigide
27.5×21 cm
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