The first computer

  • Michael R. Williams
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 555)


Paper Tape Arithmetic Unit Aberdeen Prove Ground Magnetic Wire Electronic Digital Computer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael R. Williams
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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