Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), mainly known as a pious philosopher and theologian, was also a mathematician and physicist. In 1645, he invented the first mechanical calculating machine (the “Pascaline”). A machine capable of making additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions more reliably and faster than human beings...
In my opinion, this first “calculator” is really the origin of the “computer” (in English, we say “calculateur”, whereas in French, “ordinateur” means “organizer”, which is a more poetic but less accurate version of the thing, because in these machines, basically, everything is only calculation). I situate the Pascaline, more than three centuries ago, as the starting point of the future of computing.
A film by Sandra Abouav and Benoît Labourdette (3’27s, 2020).
Flying danced deliriums sung. A choreography between a drone and dancers, for the hundredth and last opus of Sandra Abouav’s “Parking Dance” series (2017-2020). Presentation by Sandra AbouavIt is with a joy that cannot be concealed that I share (...)