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the Bell Book Collection

Artifactual materials and documents relating to The Computer Museum in Boston, 1980s-1998

This is a collection of “computing” and books about “computing” before the stored program computer. Gwen Bell began collecting these 200+ books about computation and record keeping in 1976. This was just after the opening of the Digital Museum which was a converted coat closet in the lobby of Building 12 of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Maynard, MA. The museum was started after Gwen, Ken Olsen, and I decided there should be a classical museum about computer history.

The books cover a wide range from theory to calculated tables, a number of which are in French, German, and Latin. The collection includes very rare books by Galileo, John Napier, Henry Briggs, William Oughtred, and Adriaan Vlacq. Other important volumes include Edmund Gunter's The Description and Use of the Sector (1624); three books by Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher, (1864); On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (1832); and Tables of Logarithms of the Natural Numbers from 1 to 108,000 (1889); and the Hollerith patent specifications (1889). Other highlights are Charles Hutton's book of tables (1781), tables based on the Harvard Mark I, under the direction of Howard Aiken (1949), and a beautiful book on the Jaquet-Droz automata (1979). A few examples of books which address particular applications and disciplines are Hudson’s The Land Valuer’s Assistant (1811); and Blackie and Son, The Agriculturists Calculator (1851). Finally, Jacob Bigelow’s Element of Technology (1829) is a must read, wonderful book that covers everything from heating and ventilation to the science of locomotion!

Bell Book Collection Directory, listed alphabetically by author.

The Bell Book Collection is housed at The Computer Museum in Mountain View, California.

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by Frederick Brooks
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by Milne-Thompson
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the Bell Book Collection
by G. W. A. Dummer
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the Bell Book Collection
by J. T. Bottomley
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by de Beauclair
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the Bell Book Collection
by Takashi Kojima
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the Bell Book Collection
by Siewiorek, Daniel P; Swarz, Robert S; Siewiorek, Daniel P. Theory and practice of reliable system design
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Rev. ed. of: The theory and practice of reliable system design. Bedford, MA : Digital Press, c1982
Topics: Electronic digital computers, Fault-tolerant computing, Arquitetura e organização de computadores...
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by Philip Stanley
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the Bell Book Collection
by Richard Burington
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the Bell Book Collection
by Newton, J.
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the Bell Book Collection
by Pearson, Karl
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
by Charles Hutton
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Source: folio
the Bell Book Collection
by Keuffel and Esser
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
by Briggs, Henry
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
by Hutton, Charles
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
by Vlacq
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the Bell Book Collection
by Chemical Rubber Publishing
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
by Dietzen
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the Bell Book Collection
by Siewiorek, Daniel P; Bell, C. Gordon; Newell, Allen
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [894]-914) and index
Topics: Computer architecture, microprocesseur, CRAY-1, IBM 370, HP 9810, mini-ordinateur,...
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by Laundry
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
by Keuffel
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the Bell Book Collection
by MacNeill, Sir John Benjamin
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Computers, informatique, intelligence artificielle, analyse numérique, Computers, Computers
the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
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Source: folio
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the Bell Book Collection
by Gunter, Edmund
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the Bell Book Collection
by Sir Guilford Molesworth
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
by Bell, C. Gordon, comp; Newell, Allen, joint comp
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Bibliography: p. 638-651
Topics: Ordinateurs, Electronic digital computers, Ordinateurs, Computerarchitektur, COMPARAISON...
the Bell Book Collection
by Dodson, James
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the Bell Book Collection
by Willich
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the Bell Book Collection
by Bruhns
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the Bell Book Collection
by Francois Callet
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the Bell Book Collection
by J. Brown
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the Bell Book Collection
by Bureau of Ships
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the Bell Book Collection
by Martin Gardner
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the Bell Book Collection
by Smart
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by Strunz
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by C. O. Harris
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the Bell Book Collection
by Douglas Hartree
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the Bell Book Collection
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the Bell Book Collection
by L. Jacob
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the Bell Book Collection
by Antonin Svoboda
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the Bell Book Collection
by Jacob Bigelow
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the Bell Book Collection
by Charles Hoare
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the Bell Book Collection
by Milne
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