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Tompkins,  C.B.
High-Speed Computing Devices.
New York:  McGraw Hill, 1950. [COMPUTER] A Great Classic--the First True Textbook on Computing!__+__   Tompkins,  C.B.  High-Speed Computing Devices.  New York:  McGraw Hill,  1950.  1st edition.  8vo.  Cloth.   A fine and outstanding copy of a significant book in a good copy of its very scarce dustjacket. The dj has the usual nicks and chips but also has the usual fading on the spine as well.__+__ This is simply the best and the first of the pre-1960 textbooks on the computer, complete with stouts bibliographies and lots of bits to trail  from the golden age of computers. This classic work is enhanced by a (very) unusually complete series of chapter-ending references and bibliographies. Among much else of interest we find a treatment of the Harvard Mark I and II on pp 183-187 in the chapter on "Large-Scale Digital Computing Systems" on pp 182-222 with bibliography occupying pp 218-222. Also, the "Punched-Card Computing Systems" chapter pp 146-181 has a very nice bibliography on pp 166-181. __+__ This is considered to be the first textbook on digital computers, the first compendium in English on digital computer technology, and a pioneering work that influenced many computer designers during the 1950s. It provides an unsurpassed picture of the state of the art during the late 1940s, and is further enhanced by the inclusion of several excellent bibliographies. -- Sarrazin F2.__+__ "The book is a careful analysis of the electronic field as of 1950 and was in very large measure written by the late Professor C. B. Tompkins." - Goldstine 315.__+__  It was written to satisfy "a p … [Click Below for Full Description]
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