Rebuilding the First Computer (EDSAC)

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St. Augustine's Church, Richmond Road, Cambridge, CB4 3PS

Cambridge University built one of the world’s first successful computers (EDSAC) between 1947-49. A team at the National Museum of Computing is now constructing a working replica to show present and future generations how the computers, tablets and smartphones they now take for granted first started. Dr Andrew Herbert will describe how the team has forensically researched the original machine and has made the reconstruction authentic to 1940’s technology. Dr Joyce Wheeler will speak about her use of EDSAC as a young astronomer in the 1950s.

This talk is part of the Spring 2017 series of short talks and recitals at St. Augustine's Church Community Centre in Richmond Road. They are open to all and entry is free, although a small charge or retiring collection may be made where fees are requested by speakers or performers, or where there are unfunded expenses. A complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice and nibbles are served at most events.
The programme is supported by Richmond, Oxford and Windsor Roads Residents’ Associations, and put together by St Augustine’s Church.

The full programme can be viewed and downloaded here.

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