Item #16175 Computer Pioneer Mina Rees Organizes 1952 Computer Conference on Developing Commercially Available Computers. Mina Rees Computer Pioneer.
Computer Pioneer Mina Rees Organizes 1952 Computer Conference on Developing Commercially Available Computers
Computer Pioneer Mina Rees Organizes 1952 Computer Conference on Developing Commercially Available Computers

Computer Pioneer Mina Rees Organizes 1952 Computer Conference on Developing Commercially Available Computers

First Edition

Rare 1952 first edition proceeding of "A symposium on commercially available general-purpose electronic digital computers of moderate price" in near fine condition. In original orange paper wraps. Internally fine. Quarto measuring 7.75 x 10 inches and collating [2], 41 pages: complete. Rare surviving copy of the first survey of electronic digital computers in the U.S., organized by pioneering mathematician Mina Rees. A first edition title that has never before sold at auction and is listed by OCLC at only 10 institutions.

Rees, a mathematician and former professor of Hunter College, contributed to designing computers that were more practical and affordable for institutions and individuals. Working in a joint project with the Navy and MIT first as the Head of Mathematics and later as the Deputy Science Director for the Office of Naval Research, Rees contributed to the creation of the Whirlwind I, one of the first computers to use magnetic core memory.In her introduction to the survey, Rees notes that "Until recently, all commercially available general-purpose digital computers were large and cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Within the past year, however, a number of manufacturers have smaller, more compact (usually slower) automatic computers for sale at less than one hundred thousand dollars." As the head of the mathematics division of the office of Navel Research, after World War II, she was a key decision maker that helped establish the newly created practical computers that emerged World War II. She is also among the pioneers of user-friendly computer devices at a time when computers were still nascent and only accessible to a few experts. This change opened the door to a wider variety of businesses and firms accessing computers. Rees, who became the first woman president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is featured in this survey among other lumanries including Albert Auerbach and Richard E Sprague. Complete with over 20 black and white photos, charts, and diagrams, this is an important and rare piece documenting computers' shift into the necessary and ubiquitous technology they are today. Origins of Cyberspace 853. Near Fine.

Item #16175

Price: $1,800.00