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Konrad Zuse is one of the great pioneers of the computer age. He created thefirst fully automated, program controlled, freely programmable computer using binary floating-point calculation. It was operational in 1941. He built his first machines in Berlin during the Second World War, with bombs falling all around, and after the war he built up a company that was taken over Konrad Zuse is one of the great pioneers of the computer age. He created thefirst fully automated, program controlled, freely programmable computer using binary floating-point calculation. It was operational in 1941. He built his first machines in Berlin during the Second World War, with bombs falling all around, and after the war he built up a company that was taken over by Siemens in 1967. Zuse was an inventor in the traditional style, full of phantastic ideas, but also gifted with a powerful analytical mind. Single-handedly, he developed one of the first programming languages, the Plan Calculus, including features copied only decades later in other languages. He wrote numerousbooks and articles and won many honors and awards. This is his autobiography, written in an engagingly lively and pleasant style, full of anecdotes, reminiscences, and philosophical asides. It traces his life from his childhood in East Prussia, through tense wartime experiences and hard times building up his business after the war, to a ripe old age andwell-earned celebrity.


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Konrad Zuse is one of the great pioneers of the computer age. He created thefirst fully automated, program controlled, freely programmable computer using binary floating-point calculation. It was operational in 1941. He built his first machines in Berlin during the Second World War, with bombs falling all around, and after the war he built up a company that was taken over Konrad Zuse is one of the great pioneers of the computer age. He created thefirst fully automated, program controlled, freely programmable computer using binary floating-point calculation. It was operational in 1941. He built his first machines in Berlin during the Second World War, with bombs falling all around, and after the war he built up a company that was taken over by Siemens in 1967. Zuse was an inventor in the traditional style, full of phantastic ideas, but also gifted with a powerful analytical mind. Single-handedly, he developed one of the first programming languages, the Plan Calculus, including features copied only decades later in other languages. He wrote numerousbooks and articles and won many honors and awards. This is his autobiography, written in an engagingly lively and pleasant style, full of anecdotes, reminiscences, and philosophical asides. It traces his life from his childhood in East Prussia, through tense wartime experiences and hard times building up his business after the war, to a ripe old age andwell-earned celebrity.

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    Vinay

    Konrad Zuse was a german civil engineer who, during WWII, essentially invented the computer & some programming theory in parallel with similar inventions from the Allied nations. He gives some focus to the effects of the war on his work; especially the prototypes destroyed due to it. He also spent a good amount of time talking about a theory of programming languages. He designed a language called the "plan calculus" that is more thoroughly grounded in boolean algebra (instead of numeric operation Konrad Zuse was a german civil engineer who, during WWII, essentially invented the computer & some programming theory in parallel with similar inventions from the Allied nations. He gives some focus to the effects of the war on his work; especially the prototypes destroyed due to it. He also spent a good amount of time talking about a theory of programming languages. He designed a language called the "plan calculus" that is more thoroughly grounded in boolean algebra (instead of numeric operations). Overall, the book is a fascinating look at Zuse. It's both amazing (in the 1930's, he theorized that one day his computing machines would be able to play chess, and win!) and sad (even up to his death in 1995, some of his ideas received short thrift).

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