Binary before Computers ?

By | May 9, 2012





Just like many  other electronic students , the digital electronics is not one of the fascinating topics to me . But after a while going through the class room sessions I was fascinated with the binary logic  that is the foundation for all those modern day computing systems.  And for all those who did not come across the binary logic and Boolean algebra , at least you are aware about the fact that binary number system is the foundation on which modern day computing equipment  ticks and all those AND , OR and NOR gates are the building blocks of any digital circuits.

     But how many of you out there are aware about the fact that these calculations using the one’s and zero’s are not invented for the computers and was there long before the invention of the computers 


It comes to me as a real surprise to me that all those theorems that looks as if it is invented for computing equipment in mind was invented long before the  word “computer ” comes in to existence .


The initial idea behind the binary number system was put forward by an Indian scholar  Pingala  long before the  Christ  and further work were done by Chinese  mathematicians on 11th century and modern binary systems were introduced by Gottfried Leibniz  in 1679 .


The man behind the Boolean algebra , George Boole  published  his works in 1854 long before the introduction of computers to the modern world  and only after long 83 years , in 1937  George Stibitz  introduced to the world the idea of using binary number systems on computing systems .


So for all these years working in information technology , I am still amused with the fact that these numbers and logics were introduced way before computers , and I am just wondering why all those guys from India, china and all parts of world designed some thing  that is going to be used for an up coming invention after thousands  of years .


One thought on “Binary before Computers ?

  1. Usama

    Showing your depth of thinking.. Anyway it’s a new information. Keep going.. 🙂


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