Milestones in Analog and Digital Computing

This Third Edition is the first English-language edition of the award-winning "Meilensteine der Rechentechnik"; illustrated in full color throughout in two volumes.

Milestones in Analog and Digital Computing (3rd edition 2020)

The Third Edition is devoted to both analog and digital computing devices, as well as the world's most magnificient historical automatons and select scientific instruments (employed in astronomy, surveying, time measurement, etc.). It also features detailed instructions for analog and digital mechanical calculating machines and instruments, and is the only such historical book with comprehensive technical glossaries of terms not found in print or in online dictionaries. The book also includes a very extensive bibliography based on the literature of numerous countries around the world.

Meticulously researched, the author conducted a worldwide survey of science, technology and art museums with their main holdings of analog and digital calculating and computing machines and devices, historical automatons and selected scientific instruments in order to describe a broad range of masterful technical achievements. Also covering the history of mathematics and computer science, this work documents the cultural heritage of technology as well.


Herbert Bruderer is a lecturer (retired) in the Department of Computer Science of the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich and a historian of technology. He is the author of numerous books and has been awarded several prizes.

Edition / Volume: 3rd edition 2020
Pages: 2075
Standard identifier: ISBN 978-3-030-40973-9


  • Digitisation
  • Information Sciences
English, German