Numbers and Computers
Pp. 5-11 (7)
We start with the basic ideas of "numbers" and "counting"
and how the concepts and requirements differ with different levels of
technical and administrative sophistication. This is followed by a brief
summary of the development of calculating devices, to the structure of
the "von Neumann" computer. Finally, we introduce the requirements
of a computer, the importance of memory and an overview of data
storage within that memory.
Concept of "number", development of calculation, Babbage analytical engine, Babbage Difference Engine, Colossus, ENIAC,
von Neumann, underlying technology, data in memory.
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