"History of the Personal Computer" Timeline

From the Computer History Museum (and their timeline goes way back... :-)


1. What is an "Abacus"? Where was it invented? About how many years ago? How does it work?

Perhaps you would like to own an inexpensive one and see for yourself...


2. Who was Blaise Pascal? When he was 18 years old in 1642, in France... What did he invent?

What other things did he later invent that changed the History of Civilization...?

3.What is The Jacquard Loom and how did its invention contribute to the History of the Personal Computer?

4. Who is Charles Babbage?... (Yes it rhymes with "Cabbage" :-)

What was his "Analytical Engine" that he invented in 1832...?

Who was the "Countess of Lovelace" and Who was her father? and What did she contribute to the History of the Personal Computer?

5. Who was Inventor Herman Hollerith and how is he related to the original "International Business Machines" Corporation?

6. How did inventor Thomas Alva Edison create "A Useful Vacuum" and what did this do to Change the World...?

7. What was the ENIAC and the EDVAC and then the UNIVAC?

and What did they do for the United States Government Census Bureau and the General Electric Corporation?

8. What is a Transistor and What is a Semiconductor? Why is the "Semi" important in "Semiconductor"?


9. What was the name of the first computer to beat a human opponent in Chess? and What year was this accomplished?

What was the American "Cultural Climate" like at that time? What were the popular songs and bands and tv shows and films etc.?

10. Who is Bill Gates... and Why did he drop out of College in the 1970s?

What does the word "Micro-Soft" mean? and Why is it important in the History of the World...?

11. Which came first, Steve Jobs or Silicon Valley?

SiIcon is a major element of sand (as in the "Beach"), but How did Silicon Valley in California grow Apples...?

12. Do you own an iPod, an iPhone, or an iPad? Why or Why Not...?

Imagine and Explain in a brief essay, a soon-future iDevice...

Extra Credit:

Now go Invent It... Thank you very much...

That means you have to:

1. Write a brief description of your iDevice and how it works, and

2. Draw accurate diagrams of the iDevice and its Parts.

(You can search Google Patents for 7 million examples... :-)