Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines
Year of Publication: 1953. Editor B. V. Bowden. Hardback 414 pages with black and white photographs.
Publisher Pitman Publishing London, UK
B V Bowden was born, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, he attended Hasland Junior School as a child and graduated in natural sciences from Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1931), taking his Ph.D. in nuclear physics. From 1934-1935 he was sponsored by ICI to undertake research at the University of Amsterdam. After a period in teaching, in 1940 he was conscripted to the Telecommunications Research Establishment to work on radar. From 1943, he continued his work at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, establishing himself as an able and effective administrator. From the end of World War II to 1953 he held a series of jobs, including selling early computers manufactured by Ferranti. His prescient forecasts of the impact that the technology would have on daily life were published in this 1953 book Faster than Thought.
In this book, B. V. Bowden is the first person to reintroduce to the public imagination Ada Lovelace's significant contribution to the development of computing. This was 101 years after her death.
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