Tekniska Museet
100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The computer

The computer

Ingress för att beskriva innovationen

The computer

Part of a circuit board in an IBM 5150. Photo: Ellinor Algin.

the computer

Between 1952 and 1953 Erik Stemme supervised the construction of BESK, the first computing machine built in Sweden. Photo: Archives of National Museum of Science and Technology.

Kort fakta om innovationen

Kort fakta (2) om innovationen

Rubrik för små genier

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The computer

A computer is a digital and electronic device with a memory that can store information and programs that control the computer´s actions. Originally they were as big as a house — now they can fit into your pocket. The first computers were manufactured in the 1940s, during the Second World War. They were developed for to crack the enemy's secret codes.

Computers are getting smaller and faster. A typical mobile phone contains a computer that is more powerful then the computer used onboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft when it flew to the moon. A single ring signal in a mobile would take up the entire memory of the Apollo computer.

Today there are more computers than people in Sweden. In an average Swedish home 2.5 people share 2.8 computers. How many computers do you have?

Rubrik för nördar

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