March 31st Meeting – Computing in World War II

photo of the British machine, Colossus

Photo of the British machine, Colossus

From predicting trajectories of artillery shells, bombs, and ballistic missiles to code breaking to atomic bomb design, the second World War provided more impetus for the development of computing machinery than any other event in human history. In this presentation by Dr. Brian Stuart, we will look at the convergence of a century of mathematical, mechanical, and electronic work to set the stage for the computer as we know it today.