Fathers of Modern Computers Essay

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According to studies by Think Insights, “80% of the world’s population has had a smart phone at one time or another.” While a statement like this may appear nothing more than trivial to someone from a modern setting, a little more than a decade ago the technology we take as an everyday affordance was merely a schematic in the back of someone’s head. These “Fathers of Modern Computers” are responsible for the extremely complex hardware and software that makes up the whole of your iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy. Without the philosophies and ideas behind the modern computer that this handful of mathematicians produced, smartphones, computers and laptops as we know them would never have existed.
One of the main contributors to the foundation
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2 in 1991, based on his previous records. Charles Babbage’s device essentially eliminated the risk of human error in the calculation of printed mathematical tables and would become the foundation for the first computing language.
Another vastly significant individual was Konrad Zuse. Born in Germany, Zuse was a talented artist and an even more talented engineer. He was such a gifted engineer that by the time he had graduated from the University of Berlin with a degree in civil engineering, he had already built the world’s first functioning vending machine. Ultimately unsatisfied with his studies, he set out on a mission to create something worthy of his talent. His goal was to create an electrically driven machine with limited programmability. His machine consisted of a memory and arithmetic units. Unfortunately he was forced to scrap the Z1 model when he was drafted into the German Army during World War II. Remaining resilient he was eventually transferred which offered him increased free time and the ability to attempt to recreate his invention which he dubbed the Z2. This model included telephone relays for the arithmetic unit, an idea borrowed from Helmet Schreyer, a fellow electronic engineer comrade. Essentially these relays served as adaptors for the unit that would speed up the processing time of his computer drastically. With time he was able to demonstrate the effectiveness his device had to offer and was granted additional funding by the German

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