Saturday, December 02, 2006

In the mid 1600's,the great German philosopher Leibnitz was thinking about how to create a perfect system of logicical language, universal and readily understandable to all.

He corresponded with the Jesuit Brouvard, who was in China. This is how he learned about the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Leibnitz reasoned that if life and conciousness could be explained and reduced to simple yes-no answers, then language and logic could be also.

Leibnitz developed an elementary symbolic binary system, but it did not catch on, until about 200 years later, when George Boole took up the issue. When combined with the electric circuit-gate, 'binary code,' a series of zeros and ones, representing all data, went on to become the current language of our computers.

The worlds oldest book- the I Ching- led to the devepment of our greatest modern tool- the computer.


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