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The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (Springer Praxis Books) Paperback – 12 Jul 2010
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From the reviews:“This exceedingly valuable work will give present day Computer Science students the background to understand how the dramatic breakthroughs in Logical Design, Computer Architecture, Computer Language Interpreters and Real-Time Executive Software was invented, and how it worked in practice. … This excellent reference will form a model for teaching and learning historical Computer Architectures and Software so that future Computer Scientists can understand and learn the original ideas that today guide their field.” (Ira Laefsky, Amazon, September, 2010)
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By today's standards, the on-board computer used by the Apollo astronaut's was a primitive affair, but in an age when most computers filled an entire room, this was small, required little power, and incorporated several technologies that were revolutionary for its time. This is the first book to fully describe the Apollo guidance computer's architecture, Executive software, and the programs used by astronauts. It describes the full range of technologies required in order to fly the Apollo lunar missions, and whicn enabled the astronauts to fly to the Moon - and back!See all Product description
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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.
Like another reviewer stated, the perfect answer to the "moon landing was a hoax" idiots, who confuse their own inability to understand technology with real impossibility.
But - this is not a book you read in one sitting. It's very well written and perfectly readable, but after overviewing a subject it dives into details to an unmatched depth. You have to stay sharp to get all of it, and it's well worth the effort. If you are a real enthusiast, run and buy it!
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