The PC was successful essentially for one reason. A small but interesting selection of photos. Inventions and Inventors Index.
In 1202, Leonardo of Pisa, also known as Fibonacci, published Liber Abaci Latin for The Book of Calculation , with examples that merchants could reference in their daily transactions, showing the superiority of calculations with Arabic numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 over the Roman numbers and counting boards, which were common at that time. Fact 5: Fact 7: The oldest surviving counting board is the Salamis tablet originally thought to be a gaming board , used by the Babylonians circa 300 B.
Like other electronic components they needed to be soldered. The abacus is still used in China and Japan.
It is difficult to imagine counting without numbers, but there was a time when written numbers did not exist. The earliest counting device was the human hand and its fingers. The Lee Kai-chen Abacus is a further refinement of the Chinese abacus. And you'll see why 1984 won't be like '1984'.
Fact 11: Charles Babbage at the London Science Museum: Facts on File, 2004. Who invented Math? But when, by chance, his notebooks were rediscovered in the 1930s, computer scientists finally appreciated the brilliance of his ideas.
The first Abacus was in the form of a drawing board covered with sand or dust on which mathematical calculations could be easily traced and erased.
The earliest counting boards are forever lost because they were constructed of perishable materials like wood.
As far as most people were concerned, vacuum tubes were pioneered by a more visible computer that appeared in 1946: Some believe Microsoft and IBM cheated Kildall out of his place in computer history; Kildall himself accused them of copying his ideas. Accidental Empires: