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Introduction to Electronic Computers: Problem Solving with the IBM 1620


reviewed by P. W. Gifford, Jr. 1964

coverTitle: Introduction to Electronic Computers: Problem Solving with the IBM 1620
Author(s): F. J. Gruenberger McCracken D. D.
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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This appealing text may herald the approach of a generation of students who will be unfazed by the tasks of verifying or deriving such tough nuts as the Goldback conjecture or the value of the natural logarithm base e to any desired accuracy. According to the authors, these feats will require, in addition to a course based upon their book and a 1620 computer, no more than a high school mathematics education through trigonometry and some fundamental knowledge of the basic physical sciences. It is this reviewer's opinion that this claim is indeed a reasonable one. Besides conveying computer knowledge, the book straightforwardly imparts an amazing amount of what it is that comprises numerical problems. For this, many readers whose feeling toward mathematically tinged subject matter is less than enthusiastic will have reason to be grateful. Knowledge of programing and skill in coding a stored program machine are not in themselves... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 65 Number 4, 1964, p. 388-388
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2751, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 12:21:22 AM

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