# The Mathematical Theories Behind Computers Essay

In today’s world, the majority of people have a work computer, home computer, and/or a lap top, because computers have become affordable for the average person. If you look at the history of computers, it has taken us over a century to get to this point. Computers were first used primarily for businesses and government, because they were too expensive and large for personal use by the average person. According to Wikipedia (2016), “a computer is a device that can be instructed to carry out an arbitrary set of arithmetic or logical operations automatically.” I will be discussing the mathematical theories behind computers, a timeline of the history of computers, the advantages and disadvantages of computers, and the future of computers.

Mathematical Theories behind Computers:

According to the definition of computers, computers require a mathematical system that is often called the universal language to follow through on its current jobs. There are some very important scientist and mathematicians that paved the way for the computer with their mathematical theories including Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, George Boole, and Charles Sanders Pierce. In the 17th century, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz created the binary numerical system that was used to show decimal numbers with two digits including 0 and 1. This system became the universal language for the computers to follow instructions needed to operate efficiently. George Boole continued Leibniz’s work through his…