His system was partly inspired by philosophical explanations in the classical Chinese text the “I Ching,” which understood the universe in terms of dualities such as light and darkness and male and female.
While there was no practical use for his newly codified system at the time, Leibniz believed that it was possible for a machine to someday make use of these long strings of binary numbers. In 1847, English mathematician George Boole introduced a newly devised algebraic language built on Leibniz work.
The project was eventually axed after the British government cut off Babbage’s funding in 1842.
This forced the inventor to move on to another idea of his called the analytical engine, a more ambitious machine for general purpose computing rather than just arithmetic.
century, the evolution of computing was little more than scientists dabbling in the design of machines capable of efficiently perform various kinds of calculations for various purposes.
During this early era of computing, there were a few notable achievements.
A tide-predicting machine, invented by Scotch-Irish mathematician, physicist and engineer Sir William Thomson in 1872, was considered the first modern analog computer.
However, it was in assembling his third model that everything came together.
Unveiled in 1941, the Z3 was faster, more reliable and better able to perform complicated calculations.