The Binary System

History

The concept of using two symbols to encode information is an old one. African bush tribes sent messages via a combination of high and low pitches. Australian aborigines and New Guinea Tribesman counted by two's. Even more recently, Morse code consists of groups of dots and dashes which represents letters of the alphabet in another two-symbol code.

Timeline

In 1666, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz wrote the essay "De Arte Combinatoria" which laid a method for expressing all things in law of thought which consists of pecision mathematics.

In the 19th Century, British mathematician George Boole invents the system of symbolic logic call Boolean algeba.

In 1867, Charles Sanders Peirce introduces Boolean algebra to the United States.

In 1936 Claude Shannon bridges the gap betwen algebraic theory and practical application.