First General-Purpose Electronic Computer

  title={First General-Purpose Electronic Computer},
  author={Arthur W. Burks and Alice R. Burks},
  journal={Annals of the History of Computing},
  • A. Burks, A. Burks
  • Published 1 October 1981
  • Computer Science
  • Annals of the History of Computing
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