Monday, October 22, 2012

n 1936 the Russians made a computer that ran on water

 Russian scientist Vladimir Lukyanov built a computer that ran on water in 1936. Back then, computers were a little different of course. They ran on levers and gears that automated counting in some way or another. Lukyanov’s computer was the first in the world that could solve partial differential equations. In case you don’t know what those
are, it is important to know that they are a pain to solve by hand. To solve the issue of differential equations, Lukyanov fiddled around with a series of interconnected, water-filled glass tubes.

The levels in certain water-filled tubes gave the answers, while adjusting taps and plugs changed variables. The computer device was actually used to solve problems related to cracks in the concrete. It inspired other devices and applications to be invented and created. The same technology was then used in geology, thermal physics, metallurgy and rocket engineering. It was a pretty inventive instrument.

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