How Aristotle Created the Computer

“Computer programming has followed in the tradition of deductive logic…which deals with the manipulation of symbols according to formal rules. ” – Chris Dixon

In The Atlantic, Chris Dixon tells the story of how computers descended from the work of two obscure, 19th century philosophers.  They were exploring an area most scientists considered the least fruitful, “mathematical logic.”  And they were building upon Aristotle’s logic found in his Organum. The article is a bit challenging if math and philosophy are not your everyday fare, but it’s well worth the effort.

This is another example of how the great books of the western world have shaped us.  Read Aristotle for yourself, and the everyday world around you will become sharper, brighter.

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