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  • 10-2-1568

    Marino Ghetaldi born in Dubrovnik, Dalmatia (now Croatia). He reconstructed work of Apollonius, taking over work of Viete and anticipating that of Descartes.

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    Marino Ghetaldi
    Francois Viete
    Rene Descartes
  • 10-2-1667

    Newton became a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He had earned his bachelor's degree in 1665 and then spent two years at home in Lincolnshire inventing much of differential and integral calculus while Cambridge was closed due to plague.

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    Isaac Newton
  • 10-2-1955

    ENIAC retired. After disassembly, parts of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, the first general purpose electronic computer, were shipped to the Smithsonian for display.

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    ENIAC

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