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word: recompense


Definition: (verb) To award compensation for; make a return for.
Synonyms: compensate, indemnify, repair
Usage: I wish to recompense you for the time and money that you spent while helping my sister find her lost dog. Discuss.

today’s image: The first large-scale electronic digital computer

The first large-scale electronic digital computer

A press conference for what is considered the first computer, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator (ENIAC), was held at the University of Pennsylvania on February 1, 1946. The machine (shown here with a technician) took up an entire room, weighed 30 tons and used more than 18,000 vacuum tubes to perform functions such as counting to 5,000 in one second. ENIAC, costing $450,000, was designed by the U.S. Army during World War II to make artillery calculations. The development of ENIAC paved the way for modern computer technology–but even today’s average calculator possesses more computing power than ENIAC did.

Image: U.S. Army

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today’s birthday: Ada Lovelace (1815): the first computer programmer

Ada Lovelace (1815)

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, widely referred to today simply as Ada Lovelace, has been called the world’s first computer programmer for her description of Charles Babbage‘s early mechanically operated general-purpose digital computer, the analytical engine. Historians debate the extent of her contributions, but she remains a celebrated figure in the field, and the computer programming language Ada is named for her. Who was her famous father? More… Discuss


The St. Scholastica Day Riot (1355)

Oxford is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but its history is not without blemish. In 1355, some students got into an argument with a local tavern keeper over the quality of his alcohol. This escalated into a physical altercation that then snowballed into an all-out riot between the university’s students and townspeople. When the dust settled days later, 63 students and a number of townspeople were dead. Which side paid reparations to the other for the next 470 years? More…


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