Edmund Berkeley, computers, and modern methods of thinking

Bernadette Longo

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Edmund Berkeley established himself as an influential force in the early development of computer science. This article examines Berkeley's work with symbolic logic and explores how this knowledge shaped his ideas about early electronic computers. It further explores how Berkeley applied symbolic logic and human reasoning to the design of relay computers, especially machines designed for the insurance industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-18
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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