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The Design Principles of Konrad Zuse’s Mechanical Computers

Raúl Rojas— 2016

Konrad Zuse built the Z1, a mechanical programmable computing machine, between 1935/36 and 1937/38. The Z1 was a binary floating-point computing device. The individual logical gates were constructed using metallic plates and interconnection rods. This paper describes the design principles Zuse followed in order to complete a complex calculating machine, as the Z1 was. Zuse called his basic switching elements "mechanical relays" in analogy to the electrical relays used in telephony.

TitelThe Design Principles of Konrad Zuse’s Mechanical Computers
VerfasserRaúl Rojas
VerlagCornell University Library
Datum201603
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ZitierweisearXiv:1603.02396