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The Ferranti Nimrod Digital Computer

The Ferranti Nimrod Digital Computer by FERRANTI (1951)
Title: The Ferranti Nimrod Digital Computer
Year: 1951
Publisher: Ferranti
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £2750
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WORLD’S FIRST COMPUTER DESIGNED TO PLAY A GAME, revealed to the British public at the Festival of Britain in 1951. Pale blue printed wrappers slight fading to edges, a near fine copy.

The Ferranti Nimrod Computer was a machine built exclusively to allow Festival visitors to play a computerised version of the logic game 'Nim' against an artificial intelligence. Players of the game included Alan Turing who beat the computer at its own game. Writing in the book John Bennett the computer’s creator observes: ‘It may appear that, in trying to make machines play games, we are wasting our time. This is not true as the theory of games is extremely complex and a machine that can play a complex game can also be programmed to carry out very complex practical problems.’
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