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Computation: Brief History Prior to the 1900s

  • Edward K. Blum
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Hindu Numeral Analytical Engine Computer Device Euphrates River Italian Mathematician 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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