Senior Editor Bob Sillery takes a closer look at the world's first all-electronic computer.
You walk through a chamber and find you're suddenly hemmed in by trays, dials, and cables. Along the walls are arrays of panels and switchboards with arcane buttons, lights, and sockets. Wires are everywhere.
You've entered the computer room. Not the room where they keep the computers, but the room that virtually is the computer. You're thumbing through the pages of Popular Science in the 1940s, where we lead you step by step through the innards of gigantic devices that, we solemnly intone, will change the world.