Computer history - 1600's

Updated: 05/05/2017 by Computer Hope
Year Event
1600 William Gilbert coins the term electricity from the Greek word elecktra.
1600 The Microsoft Windows Epoch time is set to start January 1, 1601.
1605 Francis Bacon devices the Baconian Cipher, a cipher that used A's and B's to encode messages.
1613 The word "computer" was first recorded as being used in 1613 and was originally used to describe a person who performed calculations or computations. The definition of a computer remained the same until the end of the 19th century when it began referring to a machine that performed calculations.
1613 Claude Perrault is born September 25, 1613.
1614 John Napier illustrates and puts forward the idea of Logarithms.
1617 John Napier introduced a system called "Napiers Bones," made from horn, bone or ivory the device allowed the capability of multiplying by adding numbers and dividing by subtracting.
1617 Tito Burattini is born March 8, 1617.
1617 John Napier passes away April 4, 1617 (Age: 66-67)
1621 The circular slide rule is invented by William Oughtred.
1623 Blaise Pascal is born June 19, 1623.
1623 The first known workable mechanical calculating machine is invented by Germanys Wilhelm Schickard. The machine is based on the idea of Napier's Bones, mentioned earlier.
1625 Samuel Morland is born in 1625
1626 Francis Bacon passes away April 9, 1626 (Age: 65)
1626 Edmund Gunter passes away December 10, 1626 (Age: 45)
1630 Henry Briggs passes away January 26, 1630 (Age: 68)
1630 Johannes Kepler passes away November 15, 1630 (Age: 58)
1632 William Oughtred of Cambridge combines two Gunter rules to make a device that resembles today's slide rule.
1935 Robert Hooke is born July 28, 1635.
1635 Wilhelm Schickard passes away October 24, 1635 (Age: 43)
1642 Frances Blaise Pascal invents a machine, called the Pascaline, that can add, subtract, and carry between digits.
1642 Isaac Newton is born December 25, 1642.
1646 Gottfried Leibniz is born July 1, 1646.
1650 René Descartes passes away February 11, 1650 (Age: 53)
1662 Blaise Pascal passes away August 19, 1662 (Age: 39)
1671 Gottfried Leibniz introduces the Step Reckoner, a device that can multiply, divide, and evaluate square roots.
1679 Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates binary arithmetic, a discovery that shows every number can be represented by 0 and 1 only.
1681 Tito Livio Burattini passes away November 17, 1681 (Age: 64)
1688 Claude Perrault passes away in 1688 (Age: 75)
1695 Samuel Morland passes away December 30, 1695 (Age: 70)

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