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by Scott McCartney

eBook Eniac: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer (Science Matters) ePub
Author: Scott McCartney
Language: English
ISBN: 0425176444
ISBN13: 978-0425176443
Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reissue edition (February 1, 2001)
Category: Professionals & Academics
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.1
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Presents a history of the world's first programmable computer, ENIAC, and its creators, a team funded by the . Scott McCartney has written an excellent counterbalance to the current literature on the invention of the computer. It is a fine contrast to Herman Goldstine's book on the subject.

Presents a history of the world's first programmable computer, ENIAC, and its creators, a team funded by the . Army and led by John Mauchly and Presper Eckert.

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McCartney thinks so, and in ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the . Nobody doubts the pair designed and built ENIAC, the world's first fully.

McCartney's heroes are Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, and as he makes clear, there are those who might question the choice. Nobody doubts the pair designed and built ENIAC, the world's first fully electronic computer and a watershed in the history of computing. But for years the importance of their contribution, made during World War II and sponsored by the . Army, has been downplayed.

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Eniac’s competition is also a fascinating story. The IBM Harvard Mark 1 was an enormous analog computer, and a masterpiece of engineering in its own right

ENIAC is the story of John Mauchly and Presper Eckert, the men who built the. Eniac’s competition is also a fascinating story. The IBM Harvard Mark 1 was an enormous analog computer, and a masterpiece of engineering in its own right. Eniac was actually not much faster than the Mark 1, but both of them were enormously faster than the old method of working out ballistics problems by hand. Eniac could complete a calculation in thirty seconds that would take a human twenty hours.

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John Mauchly and Presper Eckert designed and built the first digital, electronic computer. Mauchly and Eckert met by chance in 1941 at the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Engineering. They soon developed a revolutionary vision: to use electricity as a means of computing - in other words, to make electricity "think. Ignored by their colleagues, in early 1943 they were fortuitously discovered and funded by the . Army, itself in urgent need of a machine that could quickly calculate ballistic missile trajectories in wartime Europe and Africa.

Based on original interviews with surviving participants and the first study of Mauchly and Eckert's personal papers, ENIAC is a dramatic human story and a vital contribution to the history of technology that restores to the two inventors the legacy they deserve.

ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer. Unabridged Audiobook. Based on original interviews with surviving participants and the first study of Mauchly and Eckert's personal papers, ENIAC is a dramatic human story and a vital contribution to the history of technology that restores to the two inventors the legacy they deserve. Genres: Science & Technology .

Presents a history of the world's first programmable computer, ENIAC, and its creators, a team funded by the U.S. Army and led by John Mauchly and Presper Eckert, and discusses their race to complete the computer and their struggle to take credit for their discovery. Reprint.
zmejka
ENIAC is the story of the ENIAC computer, one of the worlds first computers created by Eckert and Mauchly during the second world war. The book claims ENIAC is the first general purpose digital computer, though some other reviewers have already pointed out that this is probably incorrect. Yet still, I found the story of ENIAC fascinating and consider it worth reading, especially for people who are interested in the history of computers.

The book consists of eight chapters and is only a couple of hundreds of pages and is an easy read. The books follows the lives of Eckert and Mauchly chronologically, starting at their childhood and how they met. Eckert the more engineer focus and Mauchly the more theoretical focus together convince the US defense to fund the project of building ENIAC, the first electronic computer (or so they thought). In a couple of years, they build the ENIAC and it worked and was used for years after that. Eckert and Mauchly set up perhaps the first electronic computer company. They build several computers before being bought by larger companies.

A large part of the book covers the struggle Eckert and Mauchly had over the patent battle for the computer patent, something they eventually lost. And how these great inventors never received enough credit (according to the author) for building one of the first electronic computers.

The book was very easy to read. It is a "journalist book" and not a scientist book. This probably caused the better writing style, but also means that it is sometimes inaccurate or short on technical details. Thats said, there aren't much alternatives books or better studies in the lives of Eckert and Mauchly. If you like history of computing, then this is probably a book you want to read. Recommended, 4 stars.
Hawk Flying
If you mention the names Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Bill Gates to a random group of people on the street they'll probably know exactly who you're talking about. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak invented the personal computer, and Bill Gates created software for personal computers. Everybody knows that. The three of them revolutionized the entire computer industry. However, if you were to mention the names Presper Eckert and John Mauchly to that same group of people, you'd probably get a few raised eyebrows and a pointed Who? But the two of them actually started the whole computer industry! So why doesn't anybody know who they are?

Who are those guys, and why don't we automatically think of them when we talk computers is answered in Scott McCartney's fabulous book, ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer The author explains how Eckert and Mauchly came up with the hair-brained idea of an electronic computer in the first place; how they painstakingly built both ENIAC and UNIVAC from the ground up, and, then, how the very industry they had created turned viciously against them and drove the two real inventors of the electronic computer out of the public consciousness and into deep oblivion.

Anybody who is fascinated by scientific cut throat will find this story absorbing, informative and even a little frightening. It's a literal road map of what not to do with your revolutionary idea. It should definitely be required reading for all aspiring inventors. I give the book 000001 bits.
Niwield
Eniac is exciting, as riveting as the best fiction. What this book shines at is telling the story of people. I felt I really knew the players, felt the politics swirling, and the ache of frustration Mauchle and Eckert must have felt by the time I finished. The author found many rare photographs I've never seen in print before.

My mind is changed about the history of the first computer. After checking the author's facts against what I thought I knew, I discovered that, as Will Rogers said, "It's not what we don't know that gets us in trouble, it's what we do know that 'taint so." McCartney's book is an important work of scholarship, not yet another candy-coated trip down core memory lane.

Bottom line: Eniac is a book worth reading and worth owning. Read it, visit a library and use the excellent bibliography to check the author's conclusions.
Naril
Scott McCartney has written an excellent counterbalance to the current literature on the invention of the computer. It is a fine contrast to Herman Goldstine's book on the subject. Here, we see a johnny-come-lately view of the great mathematician John von Neumann, a man whose profound insight into the future value of an all-electronic calculating machine gives him the shared title of inventor of computer science (along with A. Turing), not the computer. This book leaves us no doubt, it was Eckert and Mauchly's creation, a plum that many others wanted credit for once it matured. The general purpose electronic computer is fittingly the invention of an electrical engineer (Eckert) and a visionary physicist (Mauchly). This is also a good resource on the entry by women into the world of computers. I was only disappointed that McCartney did not include a bit more of the technical, engineering details about ENIAC, and its comparison to the COLOSSUS, perhaps in an appendix.
Llbery
A very interesting book, you will know why you never hear about the two inventors of the first computer, you will also read abut how it was composed of approx 18,000 vacuum tubes and was the size of a bus and weighed tons. It's a classic story of how two unknown people invented something that should have made them rich beyond their wildest dreams but lost credit to a big "name" scientist and even, well I won't spoil it for you.
Manarius
Gives details about the background and development of the ENIAC computer not found elsewhere.
Androwyn
This is a very good book about a story that should be in the media but is not.
I made a mistake in my review. The Eniac may have been the first electronic digital computer at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
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