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# Friday math movie - George Dyson at the birth of the computer

By Murray Bourne, 08 Jan 2010

This is an interesting overview of the story behind the development of the digital computer, from TED.

Historian and philosopher of science, George Dyson, talks about early computer concepts (including those by mathematician Leibniz), ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) in the 1940s, the use of computers to create atomic bombs, the huge frustrations involved in early computers, the mouse and punch cards.

It's interesting when he talks about the computer "evolving" into a new kind of "symbio-organism".

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