A Chess-Playing Machine [Scientific American. Vol. 182, No. 2].
New York: Scientific American, 1950. Original Wraps. “The relevant history [of computer chess] begins with a paper by Claude Shannon in 1949. He did not present a particular chess program, but discussed many of the basic problems involved. The framework he introduced has guided most of the subsequent analysis of the problem. . . . It remained for A.M. Turing (1950) to describe a program along [Shannon’s] lines that was sufficiently simple to be simulated by hand, without the aid of a digital computer.” Newell, Shaw & Simon, “Chess-Playing Programs and the Problem of Complexity,” in Feigenbaum & Feldman (eds.), Computers and Thought (1963), pp. 42, 44. Shannon’s paper was first published in February 1950 in Scientific American. A more detailed version was published the following month in Philosophical Magazine, under the title “Programming a Digital Computer for Playing Chess.” [OOC 882] Shannon’s February 1950 article in Scientific American is the first published work on computer chess. Very Good+ in Wraps. Minor shelf/edge wear, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Color printed wraps. 4to. Illus. (color and b/w plates). Item #11077