Computers

On 29 July 1947, ENIAC, the world’s first digital computer, was reactivated after a memory upgrade.ENIAC, short for “Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer”, was the first programmable, electronic, general-purpose digital computer, developed for the U.S. Army and completed in 1945.In 1946, it was shut down for a refurbishment and a memory upgrade, and it was… Read More Computers

Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (born on 28 July 1844) was an English poet and Jesuit priest whose posthumous fame placed him among the best Victorian poets. None of his poems were published during his lifetime. In a period of traditional verse. he was an innovator in prosody (especially as regards his “sprung rhythm”, based on the… Read More Pied Beauty

W. E. Henley: “Margaritae Sorori”

William Ernest Henley‘s poem “Invictus” (here) insists on individual strength and unwavering resilience in the face of adversity. Even the loss of his five-year-old daughter Margaret, despite being a deeply traumatising event, did not truly dampen his outlook on life as a whole. The following lesser-known poem, instead, evokes the acceptance of death and dying,… Read More W. E. Henley: “Margaritae Sorori”