Milestones in Analog and Digital Computing, 3rd ed. 2020 Edition

Milestones in Analog and Digital Computing, 3rd ed. 2020 Edition

Book Description
This Third Edition is the first English-language edition of the award-winning Meilensteine der Rechentechnik; illustrated in full color throughout in two volumes. The Third Edition is devoted to both analog and digital computing devices, as well as the world's most magnificient historical automatons and select scientific instruments (employed in astronomy, surveying, time measurement, etc.). It also features detailed instructions for analog and digital mechanical calculating machines and instruments, and is the only such historical book with comprehensive technical glossaries of terms not found in print or in online dictionaries. The book also includes a very extensive bibliography based on the literature of numerous countries around the world. Meticulously researched, the author conducted a worldwide survey of science, technology and art museums with their main holdings of analog and digital calculating and computing machines and devices, historical automatons and selected scientific instruments in order to describe a broad range of masterful technical achievements. Also covering the history of mathematics and computer science, this work documents the cultural heritage of technology as well.


Volume I
1. Introduction
2. Basic Principles
3. The Coming of Age of Arithmetic
4. Classification of Calculating Aids and Related Instruments
5. Chronology
6. Pioneers in Calculating and Computing Technology
7. Conferences and Institutes
8. Global Overview of Early Digital Computers (Tables)
9. Museums and Collections
10. The Antikythera Mechanism
11. Schwilgué’s Calculating Machines
12. The Thomas Arithmometer
13. The Curta
14. Slide Rules
15. Historical Automatons and Robots
16. Mechanical Calculating Aids
17. Technological, Economic, Social, and Cultural History
18. Preserving the Technical Heritage
19. Operating Instructions

Volume II
20. Who Was the Inventor of the Computer?
21. Computer Development in Germany
22. Computer Development in the UK
23. Computer Development in Switzerland
24. Documents Relevant to the Z4 and Ermeth
25. The Global Evolution of Computer Technology

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