Volta, Photography & Ohms, Oh My!: 1800 – 1835


In 1800, Alessandro Volta invented the voltaic pile, allowing for a continuous current of electricity for experimentation. This became a source of a low-voltage current.

The most popular song of the 1800s was Good Morning to All (Happy Birthday To You).


Dr. Salva presented at the Academy of Natural Sciences and Arts of Barcelona his first report devoted to “The Electricity applied to telegraphy.” Salva demonstrated the basis of electric telegraphy, anticipating the wireless telegraph and undersea cables.


The punch card is a piece of stiff paper that can be used to contain digital data represented by the presence or absence of holes in predefined positions. Digital data can be used for data processing applications or, in earlier examples, used to directly control automated machinery.


English inventor Francis Ronalds built the first working electric telegraph.


Charles Xavier, Thomas, de Colmar invented the ‘Arithmometer,’ which, after thirty more years of development, became, in 1851, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator. An operator could perform long multiplications and divisions quickly and effectively by using a movable accumulator for the result. This machine was based on the earlier works of Pascal and Leibniz.

Hans Christian Ørsted discovers the relationship between electricity and magnetism in a very simple experiment. He demonstrates that a wire carrying a current was able to deflect a magnetized compass needle.

Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar creates the “Arithometer,” the first reliable, useful, and commercially successful calculating machine. The calculator could not only add but also subtract, multiply, and divide.


German scientist Thomas Johann Seebeck discovered thermoelectricity.


Charles Babbage designed his first mechanical computer, the first prototype of the decimal difference engine for tabulating polynomials.


Baron Jons Jackob Berzelius discovered silicon (Si), which today is the basic component of an integrated circuit (IC).


English physicist William Sturgeon developed the first electromagnet.


Nicéphore Niépce makes what is now the earliest surviving photograph from nature, a landscape. It requires exposure in the camera that lasts at least eight hours and probably several days.

1826 – Nicéphore Niépce / Public domain


German physicist Georg Ohm introduced the concept of electrical resistance.


Semen Korsakov proposed the usage of punched cards for information storage and search.

On October 21, 1832, Pavel Schilling became the first to transmit signals between two telegraphs in different rooms of his apartment.


Joseph Henry invented the electromechanical relay.

Henry Fox Talbot produces durable silver chloride camera negatives on paper and conceives the two-step negative-positive procedure used in most non-electronic photography up to the present.


France Had Long Distance Calls in 1792


German deacon Ewald Georg von Kleist and Dutchman Pieter van Musschenbroek Independently discovered the Leiden jar, a source of electrical charge.


William Payne’s An Introduction to the Game of Draughts becomes the first guide to the ancient game of checkers or draughts.


Philipp Matthäus Hahn was a German pastor, astronomer, and inventor, and he designed one of the earliest mechanical calculators, of which two are known to have survived to the present day.


French physicist Charles-Augustin de Coulomb formulated Coulomb’s law. Coulomb’s law quantifies the amount of force between two stationary, electrically charged particles. The electric force between charged bodies at rest is conventionally called electrostatic force.


Claude Chappe invents a semaphore line, a method of communicating over long distances.

One of Claude Chappe’s Telegraph Towers – Public Domain


Pascal was “Blaise” When He Invented This: 1642 – 1717

1642 CE

Frances Blaise Pascal invents the machine, called the Pascaline, that can add, subtract, and carry between digits. Pascal began to work on his calculator in 1642 when he was 19 years old. He had been assisting his father, who worked as a tax commissioner and sought to produce a device that could reduce some of his workloads. Pascal received a Royal Privilege in 1649 that granted him exclusive rights to make and sell calculating machines in France.

The Pascaline – Rama / CC BY-SA 3.0 FR (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/fr/deed.en)

1666 CE

Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle wrote a work of fiction called the Blazing World. In the story, a woman is kidnapped by a lovesick merchant sailor, and forced to join him at sea. After a windstorm sends the ship north and kills the men, the woman walks through a portal at the North Pole into a new world: one with stars so bright, midnight could be mistaken for midday. A parallel universe where creatures are sentient, and worm-men, ape-men, fish-men, bird-men, and lice-men populate the planet. They speak one language, they worship one god, and they have no wars. She becomes their Empress, and with her otherworldly subjects, she explores natural wonders and questions their observations using science.

1672 CE

German mathematician, Gottfried Leibniz started designing a machine which multiplied, the ‘Stepped Reckoner’. It could multiply numbers of up to 5 and 12 digits to give a 16 digit result.

1679 CE

Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates binary arithmetic, a discovery that shows every number can be represented by 0 and 1 only.

1714 CE

The first writing device (similar to a typewriter) to be patented is patented by Henry Mill in London England. He worked as a waterworks engineer for the New River Company and submitted two patents during his lifetime. One was for a coach spring, while the other was for a “Machine for Transcribing Letters”. The machine that he invented appears, from the patent, to have been similar to the typewriter, but nothing further is known.

1717 CE

Johann Heinrich Schulze is best known for his discovery that the darkening in the sunlight of various substances mixed with silver nitrate is due to the light, not the heat as other experimenters believed, and for using the phenomenon to temporarily capture shadows. The first step in photography.


The Guest Star – 1015 CE – 1613 CE

July 4, 1015 CE

Chinese astronomers observe the supernova in Taurus that formed the Crab Nebula.

The Crab Nebula – NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University) / Public domain

c.1200 CE

Chinese invent gun powder.


The first four-suit deck of cards is created in Europe.

1440 CE

Johannes Gutenberg completes the Gutenberg press, the first printing press.

1600 CE

Willaim Gilbert lived during the time of Shakespeare and was one of Queen Elisabeth I doctors. Gilbert was interested in many things, such as magnetism, and felt that this mysterious force could possibly heal the body.

Gilbert was not like the other so-called philosophers of his time who would formulate a theory on so in so but felt it was beneath them to build or carry out experiments. Gilbert, however, got his hands dirty and carried out careful lab tests. He determined many substances could conduct and some that would not. He concluded that it wasn’t the heat from rubbing amber that attracted things like straw but a force that he called electricus.

1601 CE

The Microsoft Windows Epoch time is set to start on January 1, 1601.

Unix and POSIX measure time as the number of seconds that have passed since 1 January 1970 00:00:00 UT, a point in time known as the Unix epoch. The NT time epoch on Windows NT and later refers to the Windows NT system time in (10^-7)s intervals from 0h 1 January 1601.

1613 CE

The word “computer” was first recorded as being used in 1613 and was initially used to describe a person who performed calculations or computations. The definition of a computer remained the same until the end of the 19th century when it began referring to a machine that performed calculations.

Katherine Johnson, a computer.


Unscramble this word: orkz

Hint: It’s a DOS game.

Remember it, you never know when you’ll need it.

Advancements in Mathmatics: 150 CE – 1000CE

190 CE

The first mention of the suanpan in print, (Chinese abacus) which was widely used until the invention of the modern calculator. 1

639 CE

Indian mathematician Brahmagupta was the first to describe the modern place-value numeral system.

820 CE

Persian mathematician, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, described the rudiments of modern algebra.

850 CE

Arab mathematician Al-Kindi (Alkindus), was a pioneer of cryptography. He gave the first known recorded explanation of cryptanalysis in A Manuscript on Deciphering Cryptographic Messages. 2

1000 CE

Abū Rayhān al-Bīrūnī invented the Planisphere a early analog computer.

In 2002, a Gate of Battlecrypt appeared in the Kingdom of Ehb. Can you name the Game?


First Century – 1CE to 150 CE

Commander Vale, I’ve detected an unusual signal ahead.” “What kind of signal Dozer?” Vale answered unconcernedly.

A long silence…

Then Dozer’s face turned from perplexed to bone-chilling fear. “Commander! It’s a gate of Battlecrypt!

A long silence…

The Commander whispered to himself, “were §¢Я€ꟺ€ↁ.”

1 CE

Jesus is about 3 and John, his cousin, is about 3 and a half years old.

The Codex, the first form of the modern book, appears in the Roman Empire, and by the end of the century, the codex replaces the scroll.

32 CE

John the Baptizer’s death.

33 CE

Death of Jesus Christ on Friday, Nisan 14.

150 CE

The Almagest is a 2nd-century Greek-language mathematical and astronomical treatise on the apparent motions of the stars and planetary paths, written by Claudius Ptolemy (c. AD 100 – c. 170). It is one of the most influential scientific texts of all time, it canonized a geocentric model of the Universe that was accepted for more than 1200 years from its origin in Hellenistic Alexandria. It is also a vital source of information about ancient Greek astronomy.


A revision in English of Ptolemy’s catalog of stars.



Last of the BCE’s & OXO

c. 1700 BCE

The last species of mammoth became extinct on Wrangel Island.

910 BCE

The south-pointing chariot was invented in ancient China. It was the first known geared mechanism to use a differential gear. The chariot was a two-wheeled vehicle, upon which is a pointing figure connected to the wheels by means of differential gearing. Through careful selection of wheel size, track and gear ratios, the figure atop the chariot always pointed in the same direction.

753 BCE

Rome founded on this date, more or less.

490 BCE

Battle of Marathon.

125 BCE

The Antikythera mechanism: A clockwork, analog computer believed to have been designed and built in the Corinthian colony of Syracuse. The mechanism contained a differential gear and was capable of tracking the relative positions of all then-known heavenly bodies.

John the Baptizer born, Jesus born.


It would be 1953 years before the game OXO would be played.

OXO is a tic-tac-toe game that used one of the two displays of the EDSAC computer to display the game rather than the contents of the memory as was its purpose. The player would play against the computer which would play a “perfect” game. The input was given using a rotary telephone controller after which the screen was updated and the computer would take its turn.

Edsac computer where OXO was played. – Copyright Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge == Licensing == {{cc-by-2.0}}

A long, long time ago… The Planets Align

2000 BCE

Royal Courier system begins for the elite in Egypt. Messages were passed from courier to courier to the furthest extent of the empire.

February 27, 1953 BCE

A very close alignment of the naked-eye planets took place in which these planets are together in a span of 4.3 degrees.

c. 1795 BCE

The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus is one of the best-known examples of Ancient Egyptian mathematics.

Paul James Cowie (Pjamescowie) / Public domain


It would be 3814 years before this recording is released. Oct 1888 – This is believed to be the earliest existing recording of Thomas Edison’s voice.


Oh Brother! and a Wife!

c. 3890 BCE

Cain slays Abel.

Cain sent away East of Eden and builds the first recorded city in the Bible named after his son Eʹnoch.

c. 2970 BCE

Noah Born.

2370 BCE

The Deluge. 8 people survive.

c. 2270 BCE

Construction of the Tower of Babel. The builders could make a celebrated name for themselves. There was one common language. God caused the people to speak different languages and scattered the people all over the earth.

2020 BCE

Noah dies

2018 BCE

Abraham Born.


It would be 4037 years before Napoleon Bonaparte marries Josephine de Beauharnais.

Josephine de Beauharnais – 1801 –  Public Domain
The first wife of Napoleon and the first Empress of the French after he proclaimed himself Emperor.










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In the beggining God created the heavens and the Earth. – Gen 1:1

Science tells us that the universe began about 14 billion years ago. Genesis 1:1 does not elaborate on what means in which the universe started, just the fact that it did. Science and Genesis have no conflict here.

Good enough for me.

c. 4026 BCE

Adam [Earthling Man; Mankind; Humankind] was created.

Eve [Living One] was created.

A wicked angel tells Eve the first recorded lie.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God and was cast out of the Garden of Eden and from that point on they began to slowly die. Two Cherubs guarded Eden’s entrance of the garden so no one could take and eat from the tree of life.

The first prophecy of things to come in Genesis 3:14, 15

c. 3900 BCE

Cain slays Able. Later that year Seth is born.

c. 3090 BCE

Adam dies.

c. 2970

Noah is born

2370 BCE

The global flood begins in the fall of the year.


5684 years from Adam’s creation, the Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society (of London) publishes its first issue. Here is a snippet:

March 1665
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