Artifact Details

Title

A Program For Translation of Mathematical Equations for Whirlwind I

Catalog Number

102653982

Type

Text

Author

Laning, J.H., Jr.; Zierler, N.

Publisher

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Description

Engineering Memorandum E-364, Instrumentation Laboratory.

"The Laning and Zierler system was quite a different story: it was the world's first operating algebraic compiler, a rather elegant but simple one. Knuth and Trabb Pardo (1977) assign this honor to Alick Glennie's AUTOCODE, but I, for one, am unable to recognize the sample AUTOCODE program they give as "algebraic", especially when it is compared to the corresponding Laning and Zierler program." [Backus, The history of FORTRAN I, II and III]

Category

Correspondence

Collection Title

Fortran Archive

Credit

Gift of J.A.N. Lee

Lot Number

X2677.2004