A selection of five papers from 1948 and 1949 on computing and computer science. All are monthly issues, removed from the larger bound volumes, with their front wrappers (only). The group: $500
1) Robert Tumbleson, "calculating Machines. January, 1948. Pp 6- 12
- "The automatic electronic computer is the result of years of evolution in
the field of calculating machines. At present the field is developing
so rapidly that a machine may become obsolete between the time it is
designed and the date of its completion. Applications for high-speed
calculators are increasing rapidly as the characteristics of the
machines become more well known." From IEEE Explore
2) J.G. Brainerd & T.K. Sharpless. "The ENIAC." Article occupying pp 163-172 of the February 1948 issue of Electrical Engineering. Lovely copy, one old ownership stamp at top right.
The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, b. 1943-45) was, basically, the world’s first operational, high-speed digital computer, and the father of the computer industry. What we see to the left is the floor plan for the computer-with-no-monitor—I know to most people working today with a computer that the idea of a “floor plan” for anything that is not in a dark place at NSA is not easily conceivable. The 30-ton, 18,000 tube, 125 KHz ENIAC’s space was about 1800 square feet, where it was able to add about 5000 numbers/second, which was vastly faster than anything else in existence. It operated with 70,000 resistors, 10,000 capacitors, 5 million hand-soldered joints and 6,000 manual switches. It was a magnificent achievement.
3) Winston Kock and R.L. Wallace, March 1949, "The Coaxial COmputer", pp 222-223
4) Warren S. McCulloch, "The Brain as a Computer", pp 492-497, June 1949.
5) E.G. Andrews, "The Bell Computer, Model VI", September 1949, pp 751-756.
- "Controlled from remote stations, this new digital computer of the relay type reduces punched-tape instructions to a minimum. With novel control features similar to those used in recent automatic dial-telephone developments, this “upper-class” computer possesses six “intelligence levels.” Subordinate levels are capable of solving problems such as complex-number multiplication without special guidance." IEEE Explore