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Eniac in Action: Making and Remaking the Modern Computer

Thomas Haigh, Mark Priestley, and Crispin Rope


This book explores the conception, design, construction, use, and afterlife of ENIAC, the first general purpose digital electronic computer. ENIAC was created and tested at the University of Pennsylvania from 1943 to 1946, then used at the Ballistic Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland until 1955. Unlike most discussion of early computers, this book focuses on ways in which ENIAC was used, and the relationship of its design to computational practice, particularly its use between 1948 and 1950 to conduct the first computerized Monte Caro simulations for Los Alamos. ENIAC’s first team of op ... More

Keywords: history of computing, history of technology, computer architecture, von Neumann, John, Women in computing, History of computer science, Monte Carlo method, History of science, University of Pennsylvania, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262033985
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Haigh, author
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mark Priestley, author

Crispin Rope, author