History of Computers

  • Bruce I. Blum


We are in the midst of a revolution in technology and in the way we process information. The computer is at the heart of this revolution. Where it will take us is unknown, but we do know that events are moving rapidly. In fact, virtually everything related to digital computers took place in my generation’s adult lifetime. And I am not old.


Digital Computer Magnetic Tape Vacuum Tube Assembly Language Analytical Engine 
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    Cited in Margaret Harmon, Stretching Man’s Mind: A History of Data Processing, Mason Charter, New York, 1975, p66, reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.Google Scholar
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    Adapted from S. Rosen, Digital Computers: History in Anthony Ralston, Edwin D. Reilly, Jr. (eds), Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering, Second Edition, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1983, pp 538–9.Google Scholar
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    Conversation: Jay W. Forrester, Interviewed by Christopher Evans, Annals of the History of Computing (5,3) July 1983, pp 298–299.Google Scholar
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    John von Neumann, The Computer and the Brain, Yale University Press, 1958, Cited in J. Bernstein, The Analytical Engine, Random House, N.Y. 1966, p62, reprinted by permission.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce I. Blum
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  1. 1.Applied Physics LaboratoryThe Johns Hopkins UniversityLaurelUSA

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