Computer history - 1600s
Listed below are the important events in history relating to computers in the 1600s.
William Gilbert coined the term electricity from the Greek word elecktra.
The Microsoft Windows epoch time was set to start on January 1, 1601.
Francis Bacon devices the Baconian Cipher, a cipher that used A's and B's to encode messages.
The word "computer" was first used in 1613 and originally described 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 calculating machine.
Claude Perrault was born on September 25, 1613.
John Napier illustrated and put forward the idea of logarithms.
John Napier introduced "Napier's Bones," a device made from a horn (bone or ivory). The device allowed multiplying by adding numbers and dividing by subtracting.
Tito Burattini was born on March 8, 1617.
John Napier passed away on April 4, 1617 (Age: 66-67).
The circular slide rule was invented by William Oughtred.
Blaise Pascal was born on June 19, 1623.
The first known workable mechanical calculating machine was invented by Germany's Wilhelm Schickard. The machine was based on the idea of Napier's Bones, mentioned earlier.
Samuel Morland was born in 1625.
Francis Bacon passed away on April 9, 1626 (Age: 65).
Edmund Gunter passed away on December 10, 1626 (Age: 45).
Henry Briggs passed away on January 26, 1630 (Age: 68).
Johannes Kepler passed away on November 15, 1630 (Age: 58).
William Oughtred of Cambridge combines two Gunter rules to make a device that resembles today's slide rule.
Robert Hooke was born on July 28, 1635.
Wilhelm Schickard passed away on October 24, 1635 (Age: 43).
Isaac Newton was born on December 25, 1642.
Gottfried Leibniz was born on July 1, 1646.
René Descartes passed away on February 11, 1650 (Age: 53).
Blaise Pascal passed away on August 19, 1662 (Age: 39).
Gottfried Leibniz introduced the Step Reckoner, a device that multiplies, divides, and evaluates square roots.
Tito Livio Burattini passed away on November 17, 1681 (Age: 64).
Claude Perrault passed away in 1688 (Age: 75).
Samuel Morland passed away on December 30, 1695 (Age: 70).