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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: The celebration earlier this year of the fiftieth anniversary of the unveiling of the ENIAC, the first electronic, general-purpose computer, has focused attention on the early history of computing. In the 1940s, there were no computer scientists, no software engineers, and no real computer experts. Applied mathematicians and electrical engineers filled many of these roles. One of the first pioneering machines was a computer known as the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC) at Cambridge University in England. Based on principles expounded by J. Presper Eckert Jr. and John W. Mauchly, who designed and built the ENIAC at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, the EDSAC was the first fully operational and productive stored-program computer. (The article continues with Part II.)

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