Monday, November 10, 2008
No machine, with perhaps the exception of the space station and space shuttle, typifiles our age more than the computer. Although the idea of a computer was conceived about 150 years ago by British scientist Charles Babbage, the construction of one did not become possible until electronics had been developed. The first computer was called "colossus" and was built in total secrecy in Britain in 1943 to crack enemy code messages. Since then, the arrival of the transistor and the increasing miniaturization of this and other electronic components, resulting in today's microchips, have resulted in ever smaller and more powerful computers.