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AN/FSQ-7: the computer that shaped the Cold War by Bernd Ulmann

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2 Setting the stage

It is worthwhile to have a short look9 at the state of the art of computing at the end of World War II. Most of these computing devices were analog in nature with only a few digital computers, which were still considered being inferior to analog computers.10 Most of these developments were the direct result of military requirements like fire-control systems, the computation of firing tables etc.

The technologies available at the end of this war and the experiences gathered by engineers and scientists who devoted their knowledge to the application of automatic computing devices to all sorts of problems, would lead to an unprecedented flourishing of electronics in general and computers in particular. The ideas invented during ...

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