John von Neumann with the IAS Computer

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Date
1951 ca.
Credit Line
Courtesy of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center, Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)
Copyright Owner
© Alan Richards
Object ID
500004275

Von Neumann persuaded IAS to expand from doing theoretical studies to building a real computer, with meteorology calculations as a key test of its scientific value. The cylinders at the bottom are the Williams-Kilburn memory tubes.