Pulitzer Prize Winning Author’s Take On The First Computer

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author’s Take On The First Computer

The first computer was the ENIAC, right? Wait, no? If you’re ready to be schooled – by Pulitzer winning A Thousand Acres author Jane Smiley, no less – check out this Wired interview that gives credit where it’s due: Iowa.

It may seem a little incongruous that Smiley’s current project is a biography of John Vincent Atanasoff, who began assembly of his desk-sized computer at Iowa State University in the late 1930s. But then you remember two things: one, that Smiley attended and taught at Iowa State for two decades, and that geek stories have every bit as much wonder and passion to them as King Lear ever did. [Wired
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