The first description of a personal computer, named Simon, by Edmund Callis Berkeley in Giant Brains or Machines That Think. Octavo, xvi, 270pp. Gray cloth, title in blue on spine and cover. Previous ownership inscription on front endpaper, dated 1949. No additional printings mentioned on copyright page. In first state dust jacket, $4.00 on front flap, loss at bottom edge of spine, closed tears at spine, wear at front hinge, bright illustrations and colors. Laid in newspaper clippings related to personal computing.
Comments: The basic outline of a personal computer was established in this work. Subsequent articles in Scientific American magazine in 1950 and 1951 gave detailed instructions for building a computer. This become known as the “Simon Project.”