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Howard Aiken: Portrait Of A Computer Pioneer

By I. Bernard Cohen

Rating: 2 stars

Howard Aiken developed one of the first world’s first computers, although since machines like the Colossus became known, his Mark I is no longer regarded as the first computer. I’m not sure that it would count anyway, since it wasn’t electronic and didn’t have any stored program capability. I must say that I struggled with this book. The history of the Mark I was interesting, but I found the book quite dry and academic, and Aiken’s personality irritating — he had a tendency to be very hard and arrogant at times. He was also important for starting one of the very first computing degree programmes in the world as well, at Harvard.

Book details

ISBN: 9780262032629
Publisher: MIT Press (MA)
Year of publication: 1999

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