Computation: Brief History Prior to the 1900s



Computation, as a human activity, has a long history extending back to such ancient civilizations as Egypt, Sumeria (Babylon), Assyria, Greece, and Rome and the later civilizations of medieval Europe. It was used in commerce, agriculture and astronomy. However, it was not an activity of the common man in the street.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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