Who Invented Binary?Date: 05/07/2000 at 11:44:13 From: Jenny Subject: Binary system of numbers Who invented the binary system of numbers and when was it developed? Date: 05/12/2000 at 15:53:37 From: Doctor TWE Subject: Re: Binary system of numbers Hi Jenny. Thanks for writing to Dr. Math. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (the same Leibniz who co-discovered the Calculus) first formally described the binary number system and its operations in writing in 1679. It is likely, however, that the ancient Greeks (and possibly others) also knew of and explored this and other number bases. Leibniz also philosophized about a computer based on a binary numerical system. In 1679 he wrote, "Despite its length, the binary system, in other words counting with 0 and 1, is scientifically the most fundamental system, and leads to new discoveries. When numbers are reduced to 0 and 1, a beautiful order prevails everywhere." I hope this helps! If you have any more questions, write back! - Doctor TWE, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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