Series on the History of Computing

Computer science was born in the early forties of the last century, as a combination of theory of algorithms, mathematical logic and the invention of an electronic programmable computer. The roots of computing originate deep in the field of mathematics – in its analytics and technique.
The product of many years of technological and mathematic research were mechanical, and later electromechanical devices for calculating. They were not computers, because they could not „work“ with different programs. Still they ought to be mentioned as devices that were the first step to what we have today.
The significance of the mathematical logic is that it allowed insight into the boundaries of automatic computation and found that the series of symbols coded with numbers can be presented both as data and as programs. This is a key observation that separates the programmable from the calculation machines.
Calculating and logical symbol management together with modern achievements and electronic presentation of information created a discipline of computing.
Each of us has enough knowledge to master the use of computers. We all know how to turn it on, run some program, or type a text. Someone knows how to process photos, and even programm something.
Have you ever wondered how it all started, how computing developed, and who are the people who led the development of computers we have today?

You can read the answer to this and many other questions on our site and our Facebook page within the History of Computing series.