Rebuilding Cambridge University's First Computer

By Jamie Condliffe on at

In 1946, scientists at Cambridge University built the institution’s first ever computer — the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator. One of the first to be used to solve real scientific problems, it was scrapped to make way for its successor. Now, it’s being rebuilt.

During its lifetime it gained the ability to perform some pretty complex operations – dealing with complex numbers, trigonometric functions, vector manipulation and a lot more — and helped University scientists win three Nobel prizes. Here, Andrew Herbert explains how he and his team have been rebuilding the computer with little in the way circuit diagrams. [Computerphile]