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WEIZAC: An Israeli Pioneering Adventure in Electronic Computing (1945–1963)

  • Provides a detailed and richly documented account of a unique technological undertaking in the newly-born State of Israel

  • Was, unlike most of the early computer projects, privately financed, mainly by the global Jewish community

  • Draws on a wealth of documents and historical insights to reveal the processes and powers that led to the successful completion of the project

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Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Leo Corry, Raya Leviathan
    Pages 1-4
  3. Leo Corry, Raya Leviathan
    Pages 83-94
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 95-105

About this book

Introduction

The book tells the unique story of WEIZAC, an early computer built by a “new nation” in the early 1950s. It was created in Israel, even though the feasibility of this project was actually close to null when it was initially conceived, in 1946, and, unlike most of the early computer projects, was privately financed mainly by the Jewish world community. The book draws on a wealth of documents and historical insights to reveal the processes and powers that led to the successful completion of the project and, as well as its actual impact on scientific activities in Israel, and on the rise of a local computing community.

Based on archival data, the book shows how a synergy of personal dedication together with an organizational and national mission that links the Zionist vision with science and technology for the Jewish people helped to achieve a well-defined goal.
The book offers intriguing insights and refreshing perspectives to all readers interested in the Zionist movement or in the history of computing.

Keywords

Leo Corry on WEIZAC Link Between Zionist Vision and Science and Technology Impact of WEIZAC on Scientific Activities in Israel Building an Electronic Brain in Rehovot Connection Between the Jewish Community and Wiezac WEIZAC and the Jewish Community WEIZAC as a Zionist Success Story Israeli and Electronic Computing in the Early 1950s The Effects of Israel`s First Digital Computer

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of HumanitiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of ScienceTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

About the authors

Raya Leviathan

A Computer Science PhD (Weizmann Institute of Science) and History of Technology PhD (Tel Aviv University). Software programmer and team leader with both industrial and academic experience. Currently, a research associate in Tel Aviv University.

Leo Corry

Dean of Humanities, Bert and Barbara Cohn Professor of History and Philosophy of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University.

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