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Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines, Bowden, B.V., ed.
1 Bowden, B.V., ed. Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines
London Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd. 1953 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[very light soiling to bottom edges of covers, slight bumping to bottom corners; jacket spine a bit browned, light wear at corners]. (B&W photographs, diagrams) Very attractive copy of this important early "state of the technology" symposium about computers, in which "the contributions of twenty-four well-known experts have been brought together to give a clear account of modern digital computing machines, their history, theory and design, and their application to industry, commerce and scientific research." The editor, later Baron Bowden, as a noted English scientist, and quite prescient about the future impact of computer technology. (It's worth nothing that there is only one American listed among the contributing experts, Mr. R. Stuart-Williams of RCA Laboratories in Princeton, N.J. My favorite name among the contributors: Miss Cicely M. Popplewell, Royal Society Computing Laboratory, Manchester University.) Chapter 25, written by Dr. A.M. Turing (often referred to as "the father of computer science and artificial intelligence) is entitled "Digital Computers Applied to Games," in which it's discussed "how a digital computer can be made to play chess -- it does so rather badly, and how it plays draughts [checkers] -- it does so quite well." Also described in the chapter is Nimrod, "a special simple machine which was built to entertain the public during the [1951] Festival of Britain," and notable in computing history as having been the first digital computer designed exclusively to play a game (in this case Nim, a mathemetical game of strategy). Stamped on both endpapers: Technical Library; Property of Leach Corporation, 5915 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 3, California. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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The Universe of Light, Bragg, (Sir) William
2 Bragg, (Sir) William The Universe of Light
New York The Macmillan Company 1941 (c.1933) NO Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Boris Artzybasheff 
[very slight bumping to book at a couple of corners, light age-toning to top page edges; jacket is edgeworn with a variety of small tears and tiny chips, minor paper loss at extremities, some creasing at bottom of rear panel]. (color and B&W plates, figures) Late-career magnum opus by this Nobel Prize-winning physicist and mathematician, an ambitious attempt to analyze the nature of the universe by reconciling the contradictions between the two major theories about light (by Newton and Huygens), and proposing a fundamental unity of matter of radiation. The New York Times considered the book important enough to be accorded a full-page review at the time of its initial publication in 1933, in which it was lauded as "provocative and deeply stimulating." The gorgeous wrap-around jacket design (see second scan) is by Boris Artzybasheff, its primary image of a god-like figure holding aloft a globe of light being a fitting reflection of Sir William's firm belief in "the existence of an immortal human soul and a Divine Being" -- a stance which, the reviewer notes, reflected a difference of opinion from many of his colleagues in the British scientific establishment. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Pioneers of Science, Lodge, (Sir) Oliver
3 Lodge, (Sir) Oliver Pioneers of Science
London Macmillan and Co., Limited 1928 NO Reprint Hardcover Eleventh Printing Very Good+ 
(red cloth with black and gilt decorations and lettering; no dust jacket) [sharp-looking copy, front cover gilt bright and shiny, spine cloth and gilt slightly faded/dulled but still attractive; minor bumping to corners and top of spine, slight wear to rear cover, front hinge a little tender]. (frontispiece portrait, 120 illustrations) Originating as a course of lectures "arranged for" the author by three colleagues at University College, Liverpool, in 1887; there are eighteen lectures altogether, designed "to present a living figure of each Pioneer in turn, and to trace his influence on the progress of thought." All the usual suspects are covered: Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, etc. First published (per the copyright page) in 1893, and "reprinted with corrections" ten times between then and the issuance of the present volume in 1928 (this being the 11th printing, although not stated as such). 
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