3 A Brief History of Computer Technology

3 A Brief History of Computer Technology Next: 3.1 The Mechanical Era Up: OV Chapter Previous: 2 Computational Science Computer   A complete history of computing would include a multitude of diverse devices such as the ancient Chinese abacus, the Jacquard loom (1805) and Charles Babbage’s “analytical engine” (1834). It […]

A Look at the History of Computers

Before the age of electronics, the closest thing to a computer was the abacus, although, strictly speaking, the abacus is actually a calculator since it requires a human operator. Computers, on the other hand, perform calculations automatically by following a series of built-in commands called software. In the 20th century, breakthroughs in […]


The use of tools It is a commonplace that humans are distinguished from other creatures by a technological ability, and man has often been described as a tool-using animal. The distinction is not entirely valid. Some animals do use tools. Chimpanzees are […]

History of Computers

This chapter is a brief summary of the history of Computers. It is supplemented by the two PBS documentaries video tapes “Inventing the Future” And “The Paperback Computer”. The chapter highlights some of the advances to look for in the documentaries. In […]

History of Technology Timeline | Britannica

History of Technology Timeline | Britannica © Kran Kanthawong/Dreamstime.com 3.3 million years ago: The first toolsThe history of technology begins even before the beginning of our own species. Sharp flakes of stone used as knives and larger unshaped stones used as hammers and anvils have been uncovered at Lake Turkana […]

Internet History Timeline: ARPANET to the World Wide Web

Credit for the initial concept that developed into the World Wide Web is typically given to Leonard Kleinrock. In 1961, he wrote about ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet, in a paper entitled “Information Flow in Large Communication Nets.” Kleinrock, along with other innnovators such as J.C.R. Licklider, the first […]

A Brief History of the Internet

A Brief Historyof the Internet An anecdotal history of the people and communitiesthat brought about the Internet and the Web (Last updated 23 August 2016) A Brief History of the Internet by Walt Howeis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.Based on a work at www.walthowe.com. […]

History of Computers – Long, Long Ago

History of Computers – Long, Long Ago Definition of a ComputerSimplest definition of a computer: A device that processes input and generates output Key words: Input Output Processes Information Modern Computers are electronic, complex, and interactive, but can be reduced to simple input-output processing devices   History of Computers: 3000 […]

History of Computers – A Brief Timeline of Their Evolution

The computer was born not for entertainment or email but out of a need to solve a serious number-crunching crisis. By 1880, the U.S. population had grown so large that it took more than seven years to tabulate the U.S. Census results. The government sought a faster way to get […]

Computer History

Computer History An Illustrated History of Computers Part 1 ___________________________________ John Kopplin © 2002 The first computers were people! That is, electronic computers (and the earlier mechanical computers) were given this name because they performed the work that had […]

Brief History of the Internet

The original ARPANET grew into the Internet. Internet was based on the idea that there would be multiple independent networks of rather arbitrary design, beginning with the ARPANET as the pioneering packet switching network, but soon to include packet satellite networks, ground-based packet radio networks and other networks. The Internet […]

Who Invented the Internet? – HISTORY

As you might expect for a technology so expansive and ever-changing, it is impossible to credit the invention of the internet to a single person. The internet was the work of dozens of pioneering scientists, programmers and engineers who each developed new features and technologies that eventually merged to become […]

computer | History, Networking, Operating Systems, & Facts

Computer, device for processing, storing, and displaying information. computerLaptop computer.© Fatman73/Fotolia Computer once meant a person who did computations, but now the term almost universally refers to automated electronic machinery. The first section of this article focuses on modern digital electronic computers and their design, constituent parts, and applications. The […]

history of technology | Summary & Facts

History of technology, the development over time of systematic techniques for making and doing things. The term technology, a combination of the Greek technē, “art, craft,” with logos, “word, speech,” meant in Greece a discourse on the arts, both fine and applied. When it first appeared in English in the […]