Electronics: Small Memory for Large Numbers

Measured against the mammoth computers for which they were designed, the tiny bits of ceramic hardly seem significant. But the memory units developed by the Sandia Corp. of Albuquerque may succeed in teaching man's rapidly evolving mechanical brains how to talk in another mathematical language.

At present, even the most versatile digital computers have memories that can cope with only a limited vocabulary. Switches and relays may be open or closed, holes may be present or absent from a punched card, bits of magnetism may or may not be spotted on a tape. But whatever the computer memory is composed...

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