Max Newman: topologist, codebreaker and pioneer of computing

David Anderson

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The dominant discourse in the History of Computing holds that the world's first stored-program digital electronic computer--the Manchester "Baby"--was developed under the sole leadership and direction of the Department of Electro-Technics. This biography, which arises out of a detailed re-examination of the historical evidence, challenges the dominant account of the project and re-situates the mathematician M.H.A. Newman as its overall leader.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-81
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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