analog computer


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analog computer

n.
A computer in which numerical data is represented by measurable physical variables, such as electrical voltage or the position of a indicator.

analog computer

n
(Computer Science) a mechanical, electrical, or electronic computer that performs arithmetical operations by using some variable physical quantity, such as mechanical movement or voltage, to represent numbers

an′alog comput′er


n.
a computer that represents data by measurable quantities, as voltages, rather than by numbers. Compare digital computer.
[1945–50, Amer.]

analog computer

A machine that works on data represented by some physical quantity which varies continuously.
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Noun1.analog computer - a computer that represents information by variable quantities (e.g., positions or voltages)
differential analyzer - an analog computer designed to solve differential equations
slide rule, slipstick - analog computer consisting of a handheld instrument used for rapid calculations; have been replaced by pocket calculators
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As its subtitle suggests, RAND and the Information Evolution contains project essays and a handful of light-hearted vignettes labeled as "lore, snippets, and snapshots." Preceding those portions are chapters covering infrastructural topics: the genesis and growth of RAND and its Computer Sciences Department, with particular attention to key individuals; acquisition of early computing equipment, from the Reeves Electronic Analog Computer in the late 1940s to the JOHNNIAC digital computer in the early 1950s; and expansion over time of RAND's computing facilities at the corporation's campus in Santa Monica, California.
A science writer takes readers on a quest to decode the Antikythera Mechanism, the first analog computer. Da Capo Press, 2009, 328 p., $25.
It has a full suite of inputs, including USB, and is compatible with a number of analog computer input resolutions.