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Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 4 • Date Oct.-Dec. 1982

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  • About this issue

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 295
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  • The SSEC in Historical Perspective

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 296 - 312
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    The Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC) was the first machine to combine electronic computation with a stored program, and the first machine capable of operating on its own instructions as data. When placed in operation in 1948, and for some time thereafter, it was the most flexible and powerful computer in existence. IBM published relatively little about it, and the SSEC has been largely overlooked by computer historians. This paper provides a historical setting for the SSEC. View full abstract»

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  • A Large-Scale, General-Purpose Electronic Digital Calculator: The SSEC

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 313 - 326
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    This paper, written and intended for publication in 1948, describes IBM's Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC), which was placed in regular operation that year. The machine combined electronic computation with a memory system that included electronic, relay, and paper-tape sections. It executed programs stored exactly as data in any of the sections of memory, and could select, compute, or modify the program in a variety of ways. The speed and flexibility of the SSEC permitted it to solve many of the largest scientific problems of the day, including the generation of astronomical tables still used in space flight. View full abstract»

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  • From Analytical Engine to Electronic Digital Computer: The Contributions of Ludgate, Torres, and Bush

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 327 - 341
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    This paper, based on an invited lecture given at MIT in March 1980, discusses the little-known work of Percy E. Ludgate (1883- 1922), Leonardo Torres y Quevedo (1852- 1936), and Vannevar Bush (1890- 1974). These three inventors, who apparently were unaware of one another's existence, were all directly influenced by know/edge of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, and each played a significant role in the history of the development of program-controlled computers. View full abstract»

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  • Work and Tools

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 342 - 347
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  • Early Computing at Los Alamos

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 348 - 357
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  • Meetings in Retrospect

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 358 - 367
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  • Comments, queries, and debate

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 368 - 370
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  • Anecdotes

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 371 - 372
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  • News and Notices

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 373
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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 1982 , Page(s): 374 - 384
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Aims & Scope

From the analytical engine to the supercomputer, from Pascal to von Neumann, from punched cards to CD-ROMs -- Annals of the History of Computing covers the breadth of computer history.

 

This Periodical ceased publication in 1991. The current retitled publication is IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.

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