Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Intriguing Facts About Fun Philly

In our history books, the fact that the city of Brotherly Love was the site of the Declaration of Independence; it’s where you are encouraged to ditch your diet and dig into delicious Philly cheesesteaks; and it also played a pivotal role in the American Revolution, was a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the country...but these are all common knowledge. Having been one of the country’s capitals, it’s had its run as a headliner, before Washington D.C. took over. Suffice to say, there is a lot more from where that came from. 

Being the city where many of the country’s firsts came about, the can-do spirit is still very much rife and alive. The spirit of intense excitement of being able to forge ahead in multiple industries and being written repeatedly on pages of our history books has created a society of influencers. Philly handily beat out New York City and Columbus, OK, for the hosting of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, while Republicans will be holding their nominating convention in Cleveland. With its history, knowing nuggets of its decorous past will inevitably lead down the road of politics.

Even with that said, there’s really more to Philly than cheesesteaks, politics, and history. So, without further ado, here are some compelling facts about the city to tickle your noggin. 

1. The Birth of the Giant Brain in the 1940s

We’re going on out a limb to say that, apart from the brains in the humans who helped come up with ENIAC, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, the Giant Brain, was the closest we came to an automated system at the time. It was also the first fully electronic computer in the world when it was designed and built at the University of Pennsylvania. The endeavor received enthusiastic response and support from the United States Army which started using the computers right off the bat during WWII. Reputed to be 1,000 faster than any other computers known to man at that time, it was a natural winner.

It was smart enough to out-calculate the best of human beings and was said to be Turing-complete. Just by inputting data (read: numbers), it helped in artillery firing tables for the Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory and was included in the study of thermonuclear weaponry.

You won’t find the computer around anymore, that goes without saying, what with a smartphone in everyone’s hands, we literally have something that outperforms this relic device. But it’s interesting to explore what was successfully salvaged of ENIAC. Visitors who are into computing and science will find original bits and pieces of it at The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, The United States Army Ordnance Museum in Maryland, The U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum in Fort Sill, The United States Military Academy at West Point in New York, and a little further away, in the London Science Museum

  • University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    (215) 898-5000
  • National Museum of American History
    1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
    (202) 633-1000
  • Computer History Museum
    1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
    (650) 810-1010
  • University of Michigan
    500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    (734) 764-1817
  • U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum
    Corral Rd, Fort Sill, OK 73503
    (580) 442-1819
  • United States Military Academy
    Building 606, West Point, New York  10996
    (845) 938 4041

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