Saturday, February 10, 2007

Towards demystification of the modern computer

friday march 23, 8pm

Computers seem complicated, right? in a noble attempt to understand the guts of these magical machines, we’ll discuss the very basics: bits, binary to decimal conversion, basic logic gates, and assembling several logic gates for more sophisticated operations– interjected with historical references to morse, braille, and boole.

To demonstrate these ancient beginnings, we’ll build simple logic gates out of relays, switches, lightbulbs, and wires. we’ll pile parts together until we have a very large noodley calculator, which you can then test your newly-honed binary conversion skills against.

free! bring snacks to share.


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