How to Make Zuse's Z3 a Universal Computer

@article{Rojas1998HowTM,
  title={How to Make Zuse's Z3 a Universal Computer},
  author={Ra{\'u}l Rojas},
  journal={IEEE Annals of the History of Computing},
  year={1998},
  volume={20},
  pages={51-54}
}
  • Raúl Rojas
  • Published in
    IEEE Annals of the History of…
    1998
  • Computer Science
  • The computing machine Z3, built by Konrad Zuse between 1938 and 1941, could execute only fixed sequences of floating point arithmetical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and square root) coded in a punched tape. An interesting question to ask, from the viewpoint of the history of computing, is whether or not these operations are sufficient for universal computation. The paper shows that, in fact, a single program loop containing these arithmetical instructions can… CONTINUE READING

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