The computer

Studentin am Computer Fotograf büyültme (© picture-alliance/ dpa) Computers have revolutionized our lives and are now present in all sorts of areas of our daily lives. Their inventor was the Berlin engineer Konrad Zuse.

 

Finding that he was “too lazy”, as he put it, to do the monotonous calculations of an engineer’s day-to-day work by hand, Zuse developed a fully automatic computing machine which could calculate any algorithm for him. In 1941, he built the Z3, the world’s first operational digital calculator. The Z3 was the first model to use a binary system, which was a real milestone: binary code remains the fundamental principle of all computers to this day.

 

Its successor, the Z4, became the first program-controlled computer to be used for commercial purposes in Europe. Konrad Zuse, the man who launched the computer era, died in 1995 – without ever having used a PC.

The computer

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