Computer prehistory and history in central Europe

  title={Computer prehistory and history in central Europe},
  author={H. Zemanek},
  booktitle={AFIPS '76},
  • H. Zemanek
  • Published in AFIPS '76 1976
  • Engineering, Computer Science
An excursion is made into the history and prehistory of computers with special attention to Central Europe. Three historic periods are examined. The period of programmed automata is rich in the development of programmed clocks and musical instruments beginning in the 14th century and continuing through the 18th century. The period of programmed weaving to punched cards ranges from the Jacquard loom to the Hollerith card. It can be noted that the Jacquard card and the Hollerith card are the same… Expand
An Annotated Bibliography on the Origins of Digital Computers
  • B. Randell
  • Computer Science
  • Annals of the History of Computing
  • 1979
The bibliography contains nearly 750 annotated and indexed citations to papers, books, and other items relating to the origins of the modern electronic computer. The topics covered range from earlyExpand
Weaving as Binary Art and the Algebra of Patterns
Abstract To refer to the Jacquard loom as a precursor of the computer is a common narrative in histories of computing beginning with Ada Lovelace comparing the punched card operated loom with theExpand
Abstract Architecture
  • H. Zemanek
  • Computer Science
  • Abstract Software Specifications
  • 1979