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Original Memory

by Abdur-Rahmaan Janhangeer

It’s very interesting to note that Ancient Babylonians had procedures and parameters in their mathematics. It evokes programming concepts.

However, I think the parallelism is overdrawn at this point:

<< Note that both in this example and in the very first one we discussed we are told to make two copies of some number; this indicates that actual numerical calcula- tions generally destroyed the operands in the process of finding a result. Similarly we find in other texts the in- struction to “Keep this number in your head” [6, pp. 50-51], a remarkable parallelism with today’s notion that a computer stores numbers in its “memory.” >>

It is to be noted that the memory of a computer stems directly from the human brain, it is not that we are advanced, it is that we copied an original reference.