What is a computer?

Computers are all around us today, they take many forms and perform many time saving and complex tasks. They can help us in our work and leisure activities, but what makes a computer….a computer?

What particular component parts are required for a computer to function? How have computer systems changed over time and what can we learn from the developments in the last 70 years to help us make even more powerful and flexible systems in the future?

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  • Inside a computer

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  • Inside a computer system