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

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

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The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer
Title
The man who invented the computer
Title remainder
the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer
Statement of responsibility
Jane Smiley
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
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368504
Cataloging source
DLC
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Smiley, Jane
Dewey number
  • 004.092
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Atanasoff, John V.
  • Computer scientists
  • Inventors
  • Physicists
  • College teachers
  • Electronic digital computers
  • Sperry Rand Corporation
  • Patents
  • Intellectual property
Target audience
adult
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the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer
Label
The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer, Jane Smiley
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Publication
Control code
ocn502029794
Dimensions
cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
p.
Isbn
9780385527132
Lccn
2010018887
System control number
(OCoLC)502029794
Label
The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer, Jane Smiley
Publication
Control code
ocn502029794
Dimensions
cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
p.
Isbn
9780385527132
Lccn
2010018887
System control number
(OCoLC)502029794

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