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The calculation of Easter day, and the origin and use of the word computer

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1 Author(s)
Aloisio, M. ; Univ. of Malta, Malta

Like so many English words, computer derives from Latin and therefore traces its origins back many centuries. A link exists between it and Christianity's greatest feast - Easter. In fact, the word computer, or at least its Latin equivalent, has long been connected to astronomy, time, and the calendar. We give a short history of the word, beginning from its use in early Roman times up to the introduction of the digital computer.

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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 3 )