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25 minutes | Jul 1, 2019
006 - The Development of Modern Logic
In this episode, I hope to illustrate some of the ideas about logic and formal systems that emerged around the turn of the century. The work on logic as it pertains to human thought paved the way for the explosion of invention and enterprise that we'll discuss soon, as we're getting closer to the introduction of the electronic technology that in some sense embodied these ideas, ushering in the digital age.
20 minutes | Jun 13, 2019
005 - George Boole
In this episode of The Bitwise Podcast, we explore the life and work of the mathematician and logic pioneer, George Boole.
12 minutes | Jan 10, 2019
004 - Babbage, Lovelace, and the Analytical Engine (Part 2)
In this episode, we continue our investigation into the Analytical Engine with a brief exploration of “the first computer programmer,” Ada Lovelace.
16 minutes | Jan 1, 2019
003 - Babbage, Lovelace, and the Analytical Engine (Part 1)
In this episode, we begin an exploration of the work of Charles Babbage and his designs for the Difference Engine and Analytical Engine, and computer science visionary Ada Lovelace. Also discussed are the Jacquard Loom, the interesting intersection of 19th century poetry and literature and earliest years of computer science.
17 minutes | Dec 30, 2018
002 - Language, Form, and Automation: Panini to Leibniz
In this episode, we explore some of the earliest theoretical ideas of the discipline that would eventually become Computer Science. Our journey takes us as far back to ancient India, leading us through the medieval Middle East and into the Enlightenment in Europe.
16 minutes | Dec 28, 2018
001 - The Ancient Origins Of Computation
In the flagship episode of the Bitwise Podcast, we examine the ancient origins of computation in ancient Babylon, China, India, and Greece, and raise questions like “When and where in the history of civilization did computation arise?” and “What was the Antikythera mechanism?“ I also introduce myself and talk about the short and long-term goals of the podcast.
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