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Monday, July 11, 2022

On the Cradle of the Computer

Nicely done short piece on the history of  the computer by Herbert Bruderer in the ACM

Where is the Cradle of the Computer?  By Herbert Bruderer, June 20, 2022  Most of the good details at the link.

 The digital computer of today arose in the first half of the 1940s independently in three different countries: Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.

In Berlin, the computer was the work of a single person, and elsewhere universities, government agencies, or industry played an important role. For political reasons, the German inventor was largely cut off from the outside world.

The English worked under top-secret conditions, because the focus was on the decoding of encrypted radio messages.

Within the Unites States, on the other hand, a certain exchange of information took place. Today's digital computer thus had several protagonists (see Table 1).  ... '

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