The Computer - My Life

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 28, 1993 - Computers - 245 pages
Konrad Zuse is one of the great pioneers of the computer age. He created thefirst fully automated, program controlled, freely programmable computer using binary floating-point calculation. It was operational in 1941. He built his first machines in Berlin during the Second World War, with bombs falling all around, and after the war he built up a company that was taken over by Siemens in 1967. Zuse was an inventor in the traditional style, full of phantastic ideas, but also gifted with a powerful analytical mind. Single-handedly, he developed one of the first programming languages, the Plan Calculus, including features copied only decades later in other languages. He wrote numerousbooks and articles and won many honors and awards. This is his autobiography, written in an engagingly lively and pleasant style, full of anecdotes, reminiscences, and philosophical asides. It traces his life from his childhood in East Prussia, through tense wartime experiences and hard times building up his business after the war, to a ripe old age andwell-earned celebrity.
 

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Contents

Ancestors and parents Early childhood memories School days Metropolis Abitur
1
Studies not without detours and byways and general studies First inventions The Akademische Verein Motiv Student life between science and politics
15
The early years of the computer and a digression on its prehistory Colleagues remember From mechanics to electromechanics Schreyers electronic ...
33
Outbreak of the war and first callup Structural engineer in aircraft construction The Z2 and Z3 Second callup Zuse Ingenieurburo und Apparateba...
55
Origins of the Z4 News from the United States Attempt at a PhD dissertation Computing machine for logic operations Final months of the war in B...
75
End of the war Refugees in Hinterstein The Plankalkul The computing universe Automation and selfreproducing systems A logarithmic computin...
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The ZuseIngenieurburo Hopferau bei Fussen First business partners IBM and Remington Rand The first pipelining design Founding of ZUSE KG i...
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The partners leave Computing machine for land use zoning Electronics gains acceptance First funds from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft L...
133
3 On Computer Architecture
210
4 On the Plan Calculus
211
5 Lecture on the Occasion of the Award of the Honorary Doctorate by the Technical University of Berlin Extract
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6 The Computer Did Not Fall From Heaven
225
Notes
229
References
231
Name Index
235
Subject Index
239

Free for science again Honors A look to the future
157
1 From Forms to Program Control
185
2 Construction of Devices
190
Computer Index
245
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