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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the layman, but a classic nonetheless., 28 Aug. 2010
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Amazon Customer "steveastro" (Manchester UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) (Paperback)
Whilst emphatically not for the layman, this is an utterly fascinating book, detailing the architecture and programming of the AGC that took us from the earth to the moon and back in only 32K of memory. Pitched for the IT professional or engineer with an historical interest in the Apollo project, this book should be required reading on nearly all electronic and computer science degree courses, as an object lesson in hardware and software design and a lesson in what can be accomplished with the most limited resources and timelines.

The AGC was created only a year or two into the history of even basic logic ICs, and the whole machine was implemented with no logic more complex than the three-input NOR gate.

This book is a unanswerable riposte to all the so-called Apollo debunkers who claim it would be "Impossible" with 1960s computing resources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive work on the AGC, 1 May 2013
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The significant contribution of the AGC to the success of Apollo has long been overlooked. This very readable book provides a complete and detailed account of the problems the AGC was designed to solve and the practical issues involved spacecraft navigation. If you've read some of the more detailed accounts of other Apollo hardware then this book is a worthy addition to your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Head spinnigly detailed but amazing. Good for dipping in and out of., 11 July 2014
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This review is from: The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) (Paperback)
Interesting book, but definately on for uber space enthusiasts. Makes you realise how much was done with what is now a comparatively unsophisticated computer, though at the time state of the art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating in a very geek engineering way, 16 Jun. 2014
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A superb historical and technical document of a book. The ingenuity and skills that went into creating this were just brilliant and a real credit to everyone involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) (Paperback)
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