01 Apr, 1936

Vladimir Lukianov

Vladimir Sergeevich Lukianov (Владимир Сергеевич Лукьянов) was born in Moscow, Russian Empire, on 17 March 1902, in the family of an insurance agent. In 1919 he graduated from a Moscow classical high school and entered the building department of the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering. He graduated in 1925..Read More

14 Apr, 1939

Jorge Luis Borges

In 1939 the famous Argentine writer and librarian Jorge Luis Borges published in Buenos Aires an essay entitled La bibliotheca total (The Total Library), describing his fantasy of an all-encompassing archive or universal library. A universal library is supposed to contain all existing information, all books, all works (regardless of..Read More

21 Dec, 1939

Edward Condon

The first gaming computer in the world was Nimatron, designed in the winter of 1939 by Edward Condon, a Ph.D. and professor in physics, then working (since 1937) as Associate Director of Research of at Westinghouse Electric Company. Nimatron was a non-programmable special purpose electromechanical digital computer, playing the Nim..Read More

30 Mar, 1948

Curt Herzstark

The Curta is a remarkable mechanical calculator, based on the stepped drum mechanism of Gottfried Lebnitz. It is a small, hand-cranked mechanical calculator, conceived by Curt Herzstark in the end of 1920s, designed in early 1930s, but introduced as late as 1948. It has an extremely compact design, a small..Read More

07 Aug, 1951

Geoffrey Hill

The first demonstration of computer music was made (and it caused quite a stir) during the inaugural Conference of Automatic Computing Machines in Sydney, Australia, held from 7 to 9 August 1951. The program was written by Geoff Hill, a young computer programmer with perfect pitch, and ran at the..Read More

01 May, 1992

Metaverse of Neal Stephenson

The term Metaverse was coined in Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson’s 1992 sci-fi novel, and refers to a convergence of physical, augmented, and virtual reality in a shared online space (Metaphysical Universe). eal Town Stephenson (born 31 October 1959) is an American writer known for his works of speculative fiction and..Read More

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