The most powerful analog computers that turned the tables in history

From tide predictors to gun directors, here's how they actually came in sight.
Deniz Yildiran

We're all familiar with today's digital computers, and how they work, but have you ever heard of analog computers dating back to 100 BC? 
Here we are again with Derek Muller, who runs the YouTube channel Veritasium. And he has another interesting story to tell this time about the most powerful computers of the past, which had different functions from today's modern machines.

Analog computers, unlike digital computers operating on digits, served specific purposes and turned out to be slower and less reliable than digital computers. However, at times of need, they still worked and made their marks in history. Muller dives deep into the very first examples of sophisticated analog computers such as the Antikythera mechanism, which copied the motions of the sun and moon to predict eclipses, William Thomson's tide-predicting machine, and David Parkinson's M9 director, used in calculating correct trajectories. And now we yield the floor to the YouTuber who's amazing at making explaining the most complicated concepts look very easy -- and it's not. Enjoy! 



 

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