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The Machine that Changed the World: Inventing the Future

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PB Series on Computer History, broadcast May 9th 2012.  

A 1 hour long programme telling the story of the birth of the electronic computer and its rise from obscurity as a machine for computing tables of trajectories for the American military to the universal machine of today.  The program tells the story from an American perspective through interviews with some of the early pioneers and with computer historians.  Much of the programme is taken up by the story of ENIAC and its founders, the attempt by them to build a universal machine, the UNIVAC, and the rise of IBM to dominance.  But the program switches briefly to the UK and the story of Lyons and LEO, including an interview with John Pinkerton. It notes that in 1954 Lyons added computers to their product range. The programme is well constructed, informative and provides a good analysis of, for example the rise of IBM to dominance. 

Date : 9th May 2012

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