So many stars like grains of sand on Earth Bonn 1, 2, 3, 4 corner stone, everything must be hidden”. This or a similar Zahlreim is known to almost everyone from own childhood. But dealing with numbers and figures among the fundamental cultural techniques of man no wonder. The use of ten digits seems as natural as eating and drinking here. Counting, measuring and computing are a universal language of the people in dealing with nature and his ilk. Thus it combines part and whole”, writes in his book sources the fairs art” the Economist Heinz-Dieter Haustein.
First Exchange relationships over long distances in Europe with amber be proven so 35,000 years. Probably also counting with fingers, hacks, or other amounts of aid has arisen in this time. The oldest known computing resource, the abacus was invented about 1100 b.c. in the indo Chinese cultural space. He allowed the account using a framework with balls or stones. Although he is still in many nurseries, he was ousted already in the mid of the 17th century by the mechanical calculating machines.
Which mathematical calculations could be run fully automated, without great mental effort was required from the user of the machine in. The supremacy of the electromechanical calculators started however with the discovery of electricity. 1962 was the first electronic table calculator on the market, a bulky device with large electron tubes. Just five years later, the first Palm-sized pocket calculator was developed then, these weighed however proud 1.5 kilograms,”Stephan Vogler tells of Bizerba. The Swabian technology manufacturer deals with the problems of industrial counting tasks for many years and developed a special software solution to simplify: companies often have the problem that they need to include small parts in incredibly large quantities. This is hardly by hand afford. Therefore, a reference weight is stored by the software WinCIS for each product. Is now about an unspecified amount of screw placed on the scale, so re is possible on the basis of appropriate weight on the exact number of pieces. Fast and secure counting becomes possible”, explains Vogler. In our everyday life we so constantly operate with numbers. You structure our everyday lives, give us a sense of direction and order. And the research is progressing steadily and opened more and more counting tasks. New space shots of the Hubble telescope around reveal about 3,000 stars of different sizes on a single shot. Determining the exact number of all stars in the universe, however, seems impossible. It may be only carefully estimated that there are about as many celestial bodies such as grains of sand on Earth.