Today, people enjoy the convenience of using computers to simplify most of tasks like data storage, computations, communication, and many more. It is quite interesting to learn some facts about the invention of computers.
Interesting Facts About Computers
“Computer” was first recorded as being used in 1613 to describe a person who performed computations or calculations. This definition was changed at the end of the 19th century when people started to realize machines don’t get tired and that they can perform calculations much faster and more accurate as compared to any team of human computers.
The first mechanical computer was conceptualized by Charles Babbage in 1822. It was capable of computing various sets of numbers as well as making hard copies of the results. Because of lack of funding, Babbage was not able to complete a full-scale functional version of this machine.
The first programmable computer is the Z1 which was originally created by Konrad Zuse in the living room of his parents in 1936-1938. This was considered the very first electro-mechanical binary programmable computer and was actually the first functional computer.
The Turing machine, on the other hand, became the foundation for theories regarding computers and computing. It was first proposed by Alan Turing in 1936. This was a device that printed symbols on paper tape in a manner which emulated an individual following a certain series of logical instructions.
It was Tommy Flowers who developed the Colossus which was the first electric programmable computer. This was created in order to help the British code breakers to read the encrypted messages of Germans.
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