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Max Perutz and the Secret of Life by
Computing for life
“EDSAC ran its first programs on May 6, 1949, calculating a table of squares and a list of prime numbers.” In 1950, the computer came into regular use as a service to the University members. It had very limited memory, so it could not store all the terms at once; it had to do the calculation in stages. Yet, a scientist who was then trying to decode life was enthusiastic about EDSAC, as one learns from Max Perutz and the Secret of Life by Georgina Ferry.