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History of the Microcomputer - Lebniz

History of the Microcomputer - Lebniz

In 1671 the German philisopher Gottsfried Wilhelm von Leibniz ( 1646 - 1716) developed the "stepped reckoner." In this device Leibniz overcame the defects of Pascal's toothed gears. A desk top calculator like the pascaline , the stepped reckoner could add and subtract automatically. It could multiply and divide by using additions and subtractions.

Although many models of Leibniz's machine were used in his day, his later designs for improved calculating devices could not be produced commercially" Precision machine tooling to make identical metal parts did not exact until the 17th century.
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