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Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine gilt. Frontispiece portrait of Ada Lovelace and 21 plates of which 2 are folding. Bookplate and ownership signature of Ivor Grattan-Guiness to the front free endpaper, and what are likely his inked notes on sources on the front pastedown. Corners and edges of boards bumped, a few light marks at the tail of the spine, offsetting from the notes on the pastedown slightly affecting the inscription on the front free endpaper, crease and a few light spots to title, short closed tear to page 159, short split at base of first folding plate. A very good copy. First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the editor B. V. Bowden on the front free endpaper, "To Christabel Draper, with many thanks and all best wishes, BV Bowden". From the library of the prominent historian of mathematics Ivor Grattan-Guiness, with his bookplate and ownership signature on the front free endpaper, and his notes on sources on the front pastedown. Faster Than Thought was "the most widely read early English introduction to electronic computing" (Norman, Origins of Cyberspace 504), and it includes one of the last works published by Alan Turing before his untimely death. Editor Bertram Vivian Bowden (1910¿1989) was a Cambridge educated physicist who made major advances in radar technology during the Second World War. Between 1950 and 1953 he worked for the Ferranti corporation, which introduced the first commercially available computer, the Ferranti Mark I, in 1951. Bowden "was particularly effective in explaining, with uncanny prescience, the dramatic effect that the digital computer was destined to have" (ODNB). In the preface he explains that computers will completely take over from humans certain types of tasks, such as engineering calculations, and writes, "It seems probable that we shall have a second Industrial Revolution on our hands before long¿ In the next revolution machines may replace mens' brains and relieve them of much of the drudgery and boredom which is now the lot of so many white collar workers". Faster Than Thought also includes pieces on the history of computing, including the work of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, and case studies of contemporary computers operating in Britain and America. The extensive section on future applications includes articles on crystallography, meteorology, ballistics, engineering, government calculations, commerce, astronomy, and games ¿ notably a chapter on teaching computers to play chess, to which Alan Turing was a major contributor. Turing's algorithm was ahead of its time, and was tested against grandmaster Gary Kasparov during celebrations of Turing's 100th birthday in June 2012. Though he beat the computer in sixteen moves, Kasparov described Turing's programme as "an incredible achievement¿ Although it's only thinking two moves ahead, I would have thought it would give the amateur player some serious problems. Alan Turing is one of the very few people about who you could say that if he had lived longer the world would be a different place" (Manchester University website). N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Faster Than Thought. A Symposium on Digital ...
Editorial: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd.
Año de publicación: 1953
Condición del libro: Very Good
Edición: 1st Edition
Descripción London: Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1953., 1953. First Edition. Frontispiece, xix, 416 pp. Original cloth. Very Good, without dust jacket. Includes: TURING, A. M., "Digital Computers Applied to Games" (pp. 286-310). Hook and Norman, Origins of Cyberspace, 504. Nº de ref. de la librería 13775