Publisher Information: 1946.
Burks, Arthur W. (1915– ). Super electronic computing machine. Later offprint from Electronic Industries (July 1946). Unbound document, stapled. ff., the last 7 numbered 62–67, 96. Text illustrations. VG.
After obtaining his Ph.D. in philosophy and logic in 1941, Burks joined the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where he became a member of the ENIAC team. After the public dedication of ENIAC, Burks left the Moore School for the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, where he helped John von Neumann develop the logical design for the IAS computer and co-authored, together with von Neumann and Herman Goldstine, the Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument —one of the most influential documents in the history of early modern computing. In the fall of 1946 Burks joined the philosophy department of the University of Michigan, and three years later founded a research group in the logic of computers, which operated until Burks’s retirement in 1986. This group performed research on programming, automata theory, neural net simulation, computer modeling, self-reproducing and cellular systems (Lee 1995, 147).
In the above article, published a few months after ENIAC’s dedication, Burks described how the machine used electronics (rather than mechanical or electromechanical equipment) to solve mathematical problems. Origins of Cyberspace 511.Book Id: 44674