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The Computer - My Life Zuse Is One Of The Great Pioneers Of The Computer Age He Created The First Stored Program Computer In And Continued To Build Machines For A Quarter Century, As Well As Writing Books And Articles This Is His Autobiography Full Of Fascinating Details Of His Life, Work, And Philosophy An excellent source of information for those who mistakenly thought that ENIAC was the first general purpose computer. This autobiography, the only one by a first generation computer constructor is fascinating in several respects First, Konrad Zuse working in almost total intellectual isolation from the mainstream US and UK efforts in calculator computer development between 1936 and 1945 developed one of the most sophisticated and Turing complete computers prior to ENIAC and most other US efforts the only other comparable binary computer of limited capacity at the time was the Antanasoff Berry Computer at Iowa State University Secondly, unlike other computer pioneers of that era he was an artist and mechanical civil engineer rather than a physicist, mathematician or electrical engineer, and his artistic and mechanical studies strongly influenced this development Also, we have no autobiography of Mauchly, Eckert, Antanasoff, Turing, or Aiken giving their personal reminiscences of that pioneering era in computation Finally, beside being a pioneer in computer construction he, Zuse, formally specified the first higher level computer language the Plankalkul between 1941 and 1945 This specification although theoretical was sufficiently complete that the Free University of Berlin implemented it in 2000 Zuse is also known as a pioneer in suggesting later in 1967 that the universe is a computational process occurring in physical space, a theory later espoused by Edward Fredkin and Stephen Wolfram.The personal and technical story of a long and productive life is fascinatingly told in this outstanding autobiography Ira Laefsky, MSE MBAInformation Technology Consultant formerly on the Senior Staff of Arthur D Little, Inc and Digital Equipment Corporation An excellent source of information for those who mistakenly thought that ENIAC was the first general purpose computer.

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