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It’s because of mathematicians that we have computers today. The objects in this image bank showcase the tools, people and challenges behind the development of computers.

A large metal shelving unit, 2m by 5m, filled with electrical computing equipment.

Computing is one of the biggest technological innovations of the past century.

‘Computer’ used to refer to a person who did calculations by hand. The desire to do larger calculations faster motivated the development of electronic devices to process information, paving the way for today’s computers.

A blue and white plastic robot with movable joints.

The mathematical skills of problem-solving, logical reasoning and creativity pushed these innovators to see beyond what was currently possible.

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Maths and Computing – Image Bank (PDF Document)

 


 

Developed with the support of the Science Museum Group Academy’s Major Partner, MathWorks.