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Author Smiley, Jane.

Title The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer / Jane Smiley.

Imprint New York : Doubleday, c2010.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  004 At16Bs 2010    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description 246 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-232) and index.
Summary One 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 moving drum to serve as memory, could yield a computing machine that would make his life easier. Then he went back and built the machine. It worked, but he never patented the device, and the developers of the far-better-known ENIAC 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 gates to the computer revolution. Biographer Jane Smiley makes the race to develop digital computing as gripping as a real-life techno-thriller.--From publisher description.
Subject Atanasoff, John V. (John Vincent)
Sperry Rand Corporation -- History -- 20th century.
Computer scientists -- United States -- Biography.
Inventors -- United States -- Biography.
Physicists -- Iowa -- Biography.
College teachers -- Iowa -- Biography.
Electronic digital computers -- History -- 20th century.
Patents -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Intellectual property -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0385527136

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