Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 39

Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 39 - Science...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
12 Chapter 1 The Big Picture Figure 1.4 The ENIAC, a World War II-era computer U.S. Army Photo Hollerith developed the first electro-mechanical tabulator, which read information from a punched card. His device revolutionized the census taken every ten years in the United States. Dr. Hollerith later formed a company that is known today as IBM. In 1936 a theoretical development took place that had nothing to do with hardware per se but profoundly influenced the field of Computer Science. Alan M. Turing, another British mathematician, invented an abstract mathe- matical model called a Turing machine , laying the foundation for a major area of computing theory. The most prestigious award given in Computer
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Science (equivalent to the Fielding Medal in Mathematics or a Nobel Prize in other sciences) is the Turing Award, named for Alan Turing. A recent Broadway play deals with his life. Analysis of the capabilities of Turing machines is a part of the theoretical studies of all Computer Science students. By the outbreak of World War II, several computers were under design and construction. The Harvard Mark I and the ENIAC are two of the more famous machines of the era. The ENIAC is pictured in Figure 1.4. John von Neumann, who had been a consultant on the ENIAC project,...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 01/13/2011 for the course CSE 1550 taught by Professor Marianakant during the Fall '10 term at York University.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online