Thinking Machines: The Creation of the Computer (1995)

History Channel

Seen in the foreground is one of the two printers used in the NORC installation, each of which could print 18,000 characters a second. The printers, which recorded data without interrupting the calculation, gave the operator and researcher a complete picture of the progress of the calculation and provided a permanent printed record of the results for later study. A single operator, seated to the left of the printer, could start and stop the machine and modify the instruction program during calculations.
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Thinking Machines: The Creation of the Computer (1995)

A look at the complex history of the computer, which was originally conceived by scientist Charles Babbage in the 1800s as the "difference engine." Included: the development of a punch-card machine for use in the 1890 census; the 1946 introduction of the ENIAC computer.

Source: TV Guide

This History Channel video explains basic principles of computer operations and looks at the development of the modern computer over the last two centuries. The impact of networking and of the Internet is also noted. Written and produced by Donald Seller s; narrated by Earl Boen.

Source: San Francisco State University

The history of the development of the computer, starting with Charles Babbage's mechanical Difference Engine in the 1820s and Herman Hollerith's punch-card tabulating machines of the 1890s, through the development of the first vacuum-tube machines in World War II (Colossus and ENIAC) followed by continuing miniaturization enabled by the transistor, integrated circuit, and microprocessor, to the beginnings of the personal computer revolution led by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates. Written by yortsnave



They are the machines at the center of the information age. They have revolutionized our lives and our world, making previously unthinkable tasks automatic and linking people together around the planet. Join MODERN MARVELS for a fascinating look at the history of the computer. See Charles Babbage's Victorian "counting machine," a mechanical computer that produced perfect results for any mathematical problem of six figures or less. Discover how IBM was launched with a punch-card counting machine built to speed the 1890 census. Trace the technological advancements that led to the first true modern "computers" and the rapid progress that saw computers shrink from room-sized monsters to the desktop units that are revolutionizing life in the '90s.



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