The history of computers begins with the lightbulb.
You will recall this bulb, one that was invented by Thomas Edison and was powered by electricity and ran on batteries. He didn’t use electricity at first but soon realized the power of electricity was enough to power the light bulb so he put it in the light socket of his home.
Eventually the bulb burned out and now that has been replaced by the modern LED. It is similar in nature to the bulb but now runs entirely on electricity. This is the reason why light bulbs have gone from being strictly battery powered to being electric powered. There are other improvements to the history of computers, but this is the first step.
The invention of the cathode ray tube, which is still used today, was credited to Frederick Moore, who was working for Thomson Sallen in early 1880. This tube runs on water and its power comes from a radioactive element called polonium. In order to power the tube, a wire needs to be inserted into a glass tube with a small hole in the middle where the cathode and anode of the tube meet.
The cathode is what is useful in powering the led’s in a computer. After the cathode was successfully charged with the polonium, the anode was exposed to the radiation from the cathode. The ionized atoms on the anode release electrons that combine with the negative charge on the cathode and produce a current of current. The neutralized current is the basis of a computer.
The big problem with the cathode in the cathode ray tube was that it always overheated. The heat created the air, which then could not contain the flow of the current. This created large areas of problems and Moore, working independently, came up with a better way to power the cathode.
The history of computers begins with the photoelectric effect.
As you may already know, the atoms have electrons transfer their charge from an atom to another atom. By transferring a charge, electrons are added to the atoms creating a current. This process happens constantly when an object is exposed to a certain amount of radiation.
It is this process that powers the cathode in the cathode ray tube. It can be said that the cathode ray tube is actually a derivative of the photoelectric effect. Other parts of the history of computers also involve the use of photovoltaic cells to create electricity.
But the story doesn’t end there. The photovoltaic cell was one of the first efforts at creating solar panels. A grid of these cells was connected to make a way for power to be collected by the cells. One of the problems was that these cells were hard to place in an area where the sun shines directly on them, so new materials were developed that make it possible to build solar panels using simple materials.
The history of computers continues with the development of the microprocessor. They are an amazing piece of technology and they are being used in many different technologies. They are used in data processing, in consumer electronics, and even in the construction industry.
The history of computers began with the use of transistors. These are the single transistor chips that go into each chip that is made today. They consist of two transistors separated by the gap. The space between the transistors was filled with gases that do one of two things.
If there is a power flow through a transistor, the gaps between the transistors would heat up and a current would flow. The current then would push one transistor to the other. This is the history of computers.