Computer Pioneers: Pioneer Computers Part 1


[Recorded: 1996]
Part 1 of 2 The Dawn of Electronic Computing
1935 1945

Computer pioneer Gordon Bell hosts this two-part program on the evolution of electronic computing from its pre-World War II origins through the development of the first commercial computers. His narration traces the development of the stored program computer architecture which remains the foundation of todays modern computers.

In Part 1 The builders of the first five computer machines: the Bell Labs Model 1, the Zuse Z1-3, the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, the Harvard Mark 1 and the IBM SSEC tell their stories.

Catalog Number: 102645565
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  3. Stevie Jo says

    DOD contracts really leapt forward computer development

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  5. evmanbutts says

    Grep, a commonly used search/querying command in Unix and Linux dates all the way back to the early days of BASIC. It was written overnight to solve a problem the developers friend was having with searching through files. I still use it basically daily, as it is extremely useful

  6. Jake B. says

    My peanut brain can barely grasp these concepts but I find it all so interesting.

  7. earth ONE says

    1:46 Damn, where did we put that SHIFT key??????!!!!!!!! ?

  8. Raymond Davies says

    Zuse was a true visionary! The grandfather of computing! A genius!

  9. Raymond Davies says

    19:24 It looks like Zuse is using a huge homemade black laptop on the table…knowing him, he probably was, built from scratch!

  10. Raymond Davies says

    Zuse was a true genius…and gets far less credit than he deserves. He not only came up with the concepts…he built it on his own! A genius of computer science far greater than John Von Neuman, who copied many of ideas from Eckhert/Mauchly…Von Neuman took (or was given) undeserved credit for the stored program computer.Funny how only certain chosen individuals get all the credit, isn't it…? Almost like some powerful group decides who we can all consider to be a genius, doesn't it?

  11. 0MoTheG says

    What does he mean at 26:32 "direct action vs enumeration ?300420

  12. badshah khan says

    Wow! This is very nice video

  13. bodgertime says

    He wrote the program for the world's first bread slicer

  14. Snowflake :3 says

    me only needing to see this to do workme realizing this was 10 years ago

  15. Raymond Davies says

    Conrad Zuse was building a real, working computer as the others wrote about ideas. Zuse is the REAL grandfather of computing, but rarely gets credited.

  16. Mrs P Sades says

    Remember computer museum, this video still falls under fair use… so it can be reproduced in sections for various purposes

  17. Stephen Cook says

    The first computer I used is in the Science Museum on London, UK. It was a Ferranti Pegasus. Originally it was supplied to Vickers Armstrong at Weybridge (now BAE), and transferred to Brooklands Technical College in about 1963.

  18. johneygd says

    On 49.18 was the best part?

  19. CptFries says

    Have to watch this in class

  20. Jerren Butler says

    Imagine having to watch this for school

  21. Ali Naqi Rizvi says

    At 43:05 – They spelt defence wrong. They spelt it 'defense'.

  22. Koaasst says

    as a regular joe, these people make me feel so insignificant its just amusing to me. im so glad people like this are born who have ideas and make things work.

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  24. Sascha Neuman says

    talking about Zuse even mention the Z1 that was finished 1936/37 but the USA BTL1 was first funny .

  25. treedoor says

    I wish I was smart too.

  26. Douglas Kay says

    The first computer used valves in the form of triodes which were connected to form a flip flop to form a square wave.

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