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The computer, as with many inventions, has gone through a significant evolution since its original inception. While what is perhaps the earliest example of the computer was invented by Charles Babbage in 1832 England, there have been many notable moments in computer history that aided in the creation of the modern computer.

The first electronic computer was invented in Pensylvania in 1943. Since then, there have been innumerable inventions and technological advances that have allowed the modern computer to exist. Some examples of these advances are the invention of the computer chip by Jack Kilby in Texas; the invention of the computer mouse by Douglas Englebart in California; IBM's release of the floppy-disk in New York; the release of the personal computer in the late 70s (which was eventually coded by a pre-Microsoft Bill Gates); and the creation of Apple Computers, which unveiled the very first single-circuit computer.

Because of its slow evolution from an archaic mechanical device into a technological wonder, it becomes difficult to pinpoint the exact moment of the invention of the computer. Technically speaking, the first computer was invented in England in 1832, but the device invented then is so far from the modern image of the computer that each advancement listed above deserves equal recognition in its development and invention.

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The word "computer" has been around since the 1600s.  It originally meant someone who performs calculations or computes answers. The original machines we now call computers or more specifically, digital electronic computers, have a rather long history that goes back from today's digital microelectronic circuitry to vacuum tubes to electromechanical to purely mechanical devices.

Charles Babbage is usually credited with inventing the computer in 1832 at Cambridge University in Cambridge England (although the exact year is in question). His original design was for a mechanical difference engine and was designed to be used for calculating solutions for polynomials but he later changed his design to be used for any type of calculation. He never completed the assembly of his design mainly because manufacturing tolerances of that era could not maintain the accuracy he required. His design did not resemble today's computers in any way since it did not use electronics but instead used gears and levers. His work however, was the basis for designs of future computing machines that lead to the computers of today.

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