The History of The Computer

By Jake Schroeder

A computer is a type of electronic device that can receive, store, and processes information. It does this by following a set of instructions provided in a program. However, there is so much that computers do beyond this simple definition. They are powerful devices that empower millions of people to learn, create, and communicate.

While computers have exploded in popularity since the 1980s, they existed long before that. In the 19th century, the earliest computing devices were invented. Less advanced calculating tools were being used even before that. How do we have computers today? In this gallery, we will be taking a look at the history of the computer.

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