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CS 1 with Robots A Short History of Computing Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE)
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Aug 20 2007 2 Jacques de Vaucanson 1709-1782 Gifted French artist and inventor Son of a glove-maker, aspired to be a clock- maker 1727-1743 – Created a series of mechanical automations that simulated life. Best remembered is the “Digesting Duck”, which had over 400 parts. Also worked to automate looms, creating the first automated loom in 1745.
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Aug 20 2007 3 1805 - Jacquard Loom First fully automated and programmable Loom Used punch cards to “program” the pattern to be woven into cloth
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Aug 20 2007 4 Charles Babbage 1791-1871 English mathematician, engineer, philosopher and inventor. Originated the concept of the programmable computer, and designed one. Could also be a Jerk.
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Aug 20 2007 5 1822 – Difference Engine Numerical tables were constructed by hand using large numbers of human “computers” (one who computes). Annoyed by the many human errors this produced, Charles Babbage designed a “difference engine” that could calculate values of polynomial functions. It was never completed, although much work was done and money spent. Book Recommendation: The Difference Engine: Charles Babbage and the Quest to Build the First Computer by Doron Swade
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Aug 20 2007 6 1837 – Analytical Engine Charles Babbage first described a general purpose analytical engine in 1837, but worked on the design until his death in 1871. It was never built. As designed, it would have been programmed using punch-cards and would have included features such as sequential control, loops, conditionals and branching. If constructed, it would have been the first “computer” as we think of them today.
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Aug 20 2007 7 Augusta Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace 1815- 1852 The Right Honourable Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace Created a program for the (theoretical) Babbage analytical engine which would have calculated Bernoulli numbers. Widely recognized as the first programmer.
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Aug 20 2007 8 Kurt Gödel 1906-1978 Famous for his incompleteness theorem This theorem implies that not all mathematical questions are computable (can be solved).
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Aug 20 2007 9 Alonzo Church 1903-1995 American mathematician and logician.
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