An animation shows how the world's oldest computer helped the Ancient Greeks simulate planetary motions and predict lunar eclipses\n
PROFILE of Gregory Volfovich Chudnovsky and David Volfovich Chudnovsky, who are mathematicians. They designed and built a supercomputer in the living room of Gregory's apartment near Columbia, called m zero. They used this computer to establish pi to over
Eccentric 18th century scientist profile
Arguing that software's increasing abstraction from hardware has defined computer programming practices for the last half-century, this dissertation shows how that abstraction has shaped the aesthetics, politics, and professional culture of programming. Specifically, the dissertation examines how some programmers have adopted a literary approach to coding, describing carefully crafted code as "beautiful," "elegant," "expressive," and "poetic"; writing and reading programs as literary texts; and even producing hybrid artifacts that are at once poems and programs.
A little Babbage.. very interesting
Idea: fractal Difference Engine for Ghost in the Machine
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Mandelbrots and math
A Difference Engine Built With LEGO® Technic Pieces.\n
Invented by Babbage!