The first book on computer programming
WILKES, Maurice V., WHEELER, David J., and GILL, Stanley. The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer. With special reference to the EDSAC and the use of a library of subroutines. Cambridge, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Press, Inc. 1951.
8vo. Publisher's brown cloth; pp. [xiv] + 167 +  including two photographic plates of the EDSAC and the library of subroutine tapes; previous owner's signature to front pastedown, spine a little sunned, a little ink annotation and underlining, otherwise near fine.
First edition. The EDSAC, or Electronic Delay Storage Electronic Calculator, was the brainchild of the team led by Maurice Wilkes (b. 1913), a British computer scientist working at Cambridge. It was the world's first fully operational stored-program computer, the programs being kept in the form of punched tapes that were fed into the machine. It was distinguishable from earlier stored-program computers in that it was not purely experimental; after its initial trials in 1949 it became used as a general research tool within Cambridge University. This volume arose out of Wilkes's work with EDSAC and is the first book ever published on computer programming. It contains particularly interesting early material on the importance of subroutines.
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