“Face It,” says psychologist Gary Marcus in The New York Times, “Your Brain is a Computer”.
Category: Analog Computers
So just how smart is an amoeba anyway?
The single most famous application of quantum computers is in code-breaking.
Whatever position you take on finitism, this obscure area of the philosophy of mathematics is well worth understanding.
Built in 1936, this machine was “the world’s first computer for solving [partial] differential equations,” which “for half a century has been the only means of calculations of a wide range of problems in mathematical physics.” Absolutely its most amazing aspect is that solving such complex equations meant playing around with a series of interconnected, water-filled glass tubes. You “calculated” with plumbing.