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Applications of the EDSAC

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1 Author(s)
Wheeler, J.M. ; Lucy Cavendish Coll., Cambridge, UK

Early applications of EDSAC, including the calculation of prime numbers, solutions of algebraic equations, and experimental learning programs, are described to illustrate the wide field of programs written in the first years of stored-program computing. The influence of the library routines, such as those of the solution of differential equations, on progress in applied mathematics is considered. The initial work in wave mechanics, economics, crystallography, and radio astronomy is described. The development of EDSAC 2 and its importance to the advance of many of these topics are considered.<>

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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 4 )