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After electronic seems to be at the place the sector of computation started and the place it'd be headed, and provides predictions a couple of collaborative destiny courting among human cognition and mechanical computation.

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This size allows many millions of binary devices to be placed on a small silicon computer chip. The hardware is basically simple although beautifully engineered. All the complexity and, of course, the usefulness of this vast number of interconnected binary devices arise from the efforts of humans to tell the hardware what to do, as discussed in Chapter 4. BINARY ELEMENTS THAT CAN BE USED TO BUILD COMPUTERS The mainstream of two-​state computer hardware evolution runs from relays, to vacuum tubes, to germanium transistors, to field effect transistors in the roughly seven decades from 1940 to the present.

Why should it be? The answers it gave projected eclipses and games for a generation into the future. Once it has been consulted—​presumably by initializing it and turning its crank—​the many answers it gave could be written down, and there was no more use for the machine for a while. It is a wonderful device with no obvious practical function, except perhaps for the phases of the moon or the positions of the moon and sun in the Zodiac. They were rich men’s toys for enhancing the owner’s social status.

Computing Hardware: Analog 19 • • • • • Date of eclipses of the sun and moon a generation into the future. Dates of Olympic and a number of other games held by different Greek cities. Rising and setting of several stars. Compensation for leap years. The device may also have predicted the locations of the planets, but many of the necessary gears are missing.  NONE! There are hints in the Classic literature of such complex devices coming from the workshop of the great Greek scientist and engineer, Archimedes (287 bce–​212 bce) in Syracuse (Sicily).

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