History

Stories about the history of computer science and software programming.

Kevlar: It’s Everywhere!

From bulletproof vests to stronger tires, Kevlar is a really versatile material!

It’s Later than You Think

Time to learn how humans have kept track of time over the centuries

Face It: We Love Our Emoji

Discover the true origins of the great poop emoji!

Now Wait a Second!

You know leap forward and fall back, now add a little kick with a leap Second

Print That!

The term "printing" in computing continues to evolve!

A Family Heirloom… Computer?

Join the movement that wants to extend the lifetime of computers!

Spam

What do canned ham and your email have in common? Spam!

Flash Back to Noisy Tech

Time for a blast from the past as we look back at some most memorable technology from the early days of modern tech!

First Lady of Code

Meet the brilliant mathematician and pioneer of coding, Ada Lovelace!

The Noisy Language of Modems

Do you think your internet is slow? Wait till you learn about dial-up!

What’s the Point?!

Exploring the relationship between operators, negation, and exclamation points!

Flower Power and Colossus

Meet a 'Colossus' in the world of early encryption!

G Whiz 5G?

What is a G and why do we have 5 of them now? Find out through this quick history of cellular data!

Textiles and Text Files

Join us as we weave together how looms and binary data are comparable!

3D Rendered Future Worlds

Learn about the first time CGI was ever used for animation!

Old Retro Web Browsers

Learn about the history of the world wide web and how browsers have evolved over time.

Charles Babbage

What do cow catchers, an angry government and an early version of a modern computer have in common?

How Did Computers Get Here?

Learn how our ancestors calculated complex problems prior to modern computing technology!

The Double Slit Experiment

Quantum experiments, ripples and particle waves! Get ready to learn more about the weird world of quantum physics!

Limor Fried

Learn how Limor Fried turned her tinkering hobby into a multi-million dollar company!

What is Quantum Computing?

What is a qbit and how can it potentially change the world? Find out as we explore quantum computing!

Pixel Art History

Learn how you can trace the origins of pixel art all the way back to the mid-1800s!

FPGAs

Find out how people are saving classic games through restoration and archiving!

Trojan Horses

Find out what a giant wooden horse and your cyber security have in common!

Zip Files

Zip Zop Zoom! Learn the super cool logic behind 'ZIP' Files!

The Victorian Internet

Learn about some of the ways people use to communicate before the internet!

The Small Internet

From gopherspace to geminispace, the small internet is a lot bigger than you think!

Eternal Batteries

What could we accomplish if batteries lasted forever? These two companies want to find out!

Leonhard Euler

Meet one of modern mathematics greatest contributors, Leonhard Euler!

How Did Wi-Fi Get Its Name?

Wi-Fi is a weird word for sure! But what does it really mean?