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June 21, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 12:18pm

What is binary?

01110111 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001

By Joao Lima

The stand first above is a demonstration of ‘what is binary’ looks like in binary. Binary is the basic language for computers.

The system is based on two numbers, 0 and 1. This is often referred to as Off or On.

Even though it is used in technology today, the binary system was created way before computers were even invented.

German philosopher, polymath and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is the man who in 1703 first documented the 0 and 1 based system.

He wrote the Explication de l’Arithmétique Binaire which become the foundation for today’s computer architectures.

Click next to read why binary is still used today.

Simplicity is the main reason why the binary system is still used today. 0s and 1s are also more reliable than other systems when it comes to detect if an electrical signal is switched on or not.

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Control over logic circuits is also easier when using binary. The system also translates positive and negative poles magnetic media into binary making the whole communication simpler.

The speed at which computer functions are today translated into 0s and 1s has aloes allowed computers to become a much more reliant machine to humans as they can perform tasks faster.


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

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