High-Speed computing Devices. Supervised by C.B. Tompkins and J.H. Wakelin. Edited by W. W. Stifler, Jr.
[Computers]. Engineering Research Associates, Inc.

NY: McGraw-Hill, 1950. First edition of this pioneering book that influenced many computer designers during the 1950s. Figures in text. Very good, lacking the d.j. Charcoal cloth with gilt spine Octavo. . xii, 451 pp. (Item ID: 9467)


“This book, prepared by the staff of Engineering Research Associates, Inc., evolved from a report written for the Office of Naval Research. It is concerned almost exclusively with the detailed design of computers, and their electronic and electromechanical components” (Randell, 'Bibliography,' p.165). " 'High-Speed Computing Devices' was written to satisfy a percieved need, following the end of World War II, for a compendium of technologies applicable to the emerging field of the electronic digital computer...Because published technical information was scarce in the US (during the early 1950s), there can be little question that the book was an important contribution to the computer literature of the 1950’s...For today’s student of computer history, whether a professional historian or a history buff, the book, with its state-of-the-art picture of the period 1947 through 1949, establishes a well-documented baseline for trackung and evaluating subsequent technological progress” (A.A. Cohen, from the intro. to the 1983 Charles Babbage Institute Reprint Series Edition of the ERA Report).

Goldstine, 'The Computer from Pascal to Von Neumann,' p. 315. Randell, 'Origins,' p. 513. Hook and Norman 584.

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