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“The Invention of the Electronic Digital Computer” from The Palimpsest, September/October 1984

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Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, Silag, William, “The Invention of the Electronic Digital Computer,” The Palimpsest, Vol. 65, No. 5, pp. 159-177, September/October 1984


This 1984 article from The Palimpsest focuses on the invention of the electronic digital computer by John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry. Their invention is credited as the first computer invented in the world.

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  • According to the article, describe Atanasoff and Berry's first prototype of their computer. What was it able to do? What did it look like? How much did it cost to build?
  • What components from this invention would later prove to be vital to the development of the modern computers and electronics?
  • Why is this invention so significant to our modern world today?