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Chronology of the History of Computing

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Industrial era

1947 - 200X...

1947 1949 1950 1952 1955 1958 1961 1963 1965 1969 1970 1972 1974
1976 1978 1980 1981 1982 1984 1986 1989 1991 1993 1994 1996 2000
2002 2005 2007                    
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IBM 360 system

Industrial era starts from 1947
This era the computer revolution will go in full gear.
Computers will be produced by the millions each year and becoming smaller than a human finger nail.

Pre Industrial era

1886 - 1946

1886 1900 1927 1938 1940 1944

Difference engine Babbage


Pre Industrial era starts from 1880
In this era the first computing machines are constructed, the first fully functional mechanical calculators are put on the market.
The concept of computers is born but are fully mechanical



1620 - 1885

1620 1672 1773 1830 1846

schikard calculator
Schickard calculator

Antiquity starts from 1600 AD
The first aids to calculate are being constructed, no intricate machinery that resembles a computer. But logarithm and binary logic is developed


Pre Historic Era

300.000BC - 1619AD

300BC 469 1310

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Clay tablet engraved with with cuneiform

Pre Historic Era starts at 300.000 BC
The prehistory in computing is characterized by simple methods of numbering, the invention of numerical systems and the birth of mathematics and calculus.
It will take hundreds of years before the concept of the 0 is introduced in the entire world


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