COMPUTER

[ A. E. Glennie, computer pioneer. ] Article titled 'A. E. Glennie describes Electronic Computers' in 'AWRE News | The Journal of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment'. With photographs of the IBM 7090 at Aldermaston.

Author: 
A. E. Glennie [ Alick Edwards Glennie ] (1925-2003), British computer scientist, developer of Autocode, colleague of Alan Turing [ Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, RAF Aldermaston ]
Publication details: 
A.W.R.E. News, vol. 8 no. 5. March 1961.
£180.00

44pp., 4to. Stapled. The complete magazine, in printed wraps with green masthead, on shiny art paper, with attractive 'modern' layout and numerous illustrations. Incongruous image on cover of girl and lamb. Glennie's article is on four pages, with a photograph of the author accompanied by a brief biography (ending 'He came to Aldermaston in 1955 and is now in S.S.C.M.') and three photographs of the 'IBM 7090 Electronic Data Processing Machine', one of them small, and the other two each half-page, and accompanied by a lengthy caption.

[ William King-Noel, 1st Earl of Lovelace. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Lovelace'), the first two to S[eymou]r Teulon of Limpsfield, and the third to the man's Member of Parliament, P. L. L. King, justifying his actions.

Author: 
William King-Noel (1805-1893), 1st Earl of Lovelace, scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society, husband of Lord Byron's daughter Augusta Ada (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace [ Peter John Locke King ]
Publication details: 
One from 6 Great Cumberland Place [ London]. Two on letterheads of East Horsley Tower. [ 1852 ], 1853 and 1854.
£100.00

The three items in good condition, lightly aged. The first two with mourning borders (for his wife, who had died in 1852). Lovelace's handwriting is idiosyncratic. ONE: 12 February [1852]. From 6 Great Cumberland Place. 1p., 16mo. Acknowledging receipt of 'a memorial from certain inhabitants of Limpsfield, as well as the letter of Mr. Elliott'. TWO: 9 January 1853. 1p., 12mo. Stating that he has 'felt it inexpedient to comply with the requisition transmitted to me in February last'. THREE: 30 July 1854. 1p., 4to. Addressed to King as 'Dear Locke'.

[ Seymour Aubrey Papert, MIT mathematician and computer scientist. ] Typed scientific paper in French: 'Sur les treillis des ouverts et les paratopologies | par Mrs Dona Papert et Seymour Papert'.

Author: 
Seymour Aubrey Papert (b.1928), MIT mathematician and computer scientist, pioneer of artificial intelligence, inventor of Logo Programming System [ Dona Papert Strauss; Charles Ehresmann (1905-1979) ]
Publication details: 
'Faculté des Sciences de Paris | Séminaire de Topologie et de Géométrie Différentielle (C. Ehresmann) | Année 1957 / 58.'
£200.00

Papert has been described by by Marvin Minsky as 'the greatest living mathematics educator'. At the time of this paper he was studying for a PhD at Cambridge University and living in London, where he was a leading figure in the revolutionary socialist circle centred on the magazine 'Socialist Review'. 9pp., 8vo. On nine leaves stapled together. In fair condition, aged and worn, with creasing to last couple of leaves. Divided into three parts: '1. Propriétés des treillis des ouverts et représentation des treillis comme treillis d'ouverts; | 2.

[Typescript with several MS. additions; scientific paper] "A Simpler Hypothesis For Variations in Aniseitonic Distortions" (in Papert's hand)

Author: 
S. Papert and G.N. Seagrim [Seymour Papert, mathematician, computer scientist, educator, and one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence
Publication details: 
[c.1960?] The References include a book published in 1958.
£450.00

Twelve pages, sm. folio, with 5full-page photographic fig[ure]s numbered 2(a), 2 (b), 3 | Legend: Surface B, 3 | Legend: Surfarce C, 3| Legend: Surface C, minor damage not affecting images, staining not affecting clarity of text. No Figure 1 though it's referred to, and no evidence that it was ever bound in to this copy. The paper has several annotations by Seymour Papert, from the addition of the current positions of the two authors, to additions and corrections to the text. No published text traced.

Printed programme of of 'A talk by A. W. Brooks Esq. | Assistant General Manager', Westminster Bank Limited, titled 'The Computer - and You', with photographs and fold-out diagram of 'Current a/c Book-Keeping - Computer System'.

Author: 
A. W. Brooks, Assistant General Manager, Westminster Bank Limited [Electronic Methods and Research Department, 41 Lothbury, London, EC2; Lothbury Computer Centre; computers; computing]
Publication details: 
Westminster Bank Limited, Electronic Methods and Research Department, 41 Lothbury, London, EC2. Talk at Central Hall, Westminster; 9 April 1963.
£180.00

An attractive item, printed in black, blue and red on both sides of a piece of 40 x 56cm. paper, folded twice to make a 20 x 28cm. packet. In good condition, lightly-aged with a short tape stain on one edge. Four black and white photographs: two showing a smiling Reginald Maudling, with before/after captions 'At the inauguration of the City Computer Centre, the Chancellor of the Exchequer presses the button and starts the Reader/Sorter . . .' and '. . .

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