Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
In Methfesselstrasse 7 (Lichterfelder Strasse 7 before 1935), on the wall of the house where the engineer´s workshop used to be, a plaque commemorating Prof. Konrad Zuse is revealed. The brilliant inventor and constructor of the very first (world-wide!) working freely programmable computer using Boolean logic and binary floating point numbers – and I still have no idea what that means but never mind – used the family flat as his workshop.
The number 10, where Konrad Zuse took over the family living room as well, is sadly gone, too. For that reason Number 7 where his third computer, Zuse 3, was built was the obvious choice.
More about Professor Zuse and his series of home-made computers can be found in the following late-winter post: TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 22
Technikmuseum in Trebbiner Strasse 9 in – where else? – Berlin-Kreuzberg, where you can see a great exhibition presenting the professor and his work organises a series of events devoted to Konrad Zuse to celebrate the 100th birthday of the scientist.
Alhough we have all missed the presentation of the copy of Z3 (a later, improved model of the the first computer known as Z1) by Prof. Horst Zuse, the son of the inventor, let us not weep too long for on October 14th at 11 AM Prof. H. Zuse (I cannot help thinking of him as Z2:) is going to repeat the presentation. Just buy your tickets and go in.
No tickets, however, are required to listen to Prof. Zuse the Younger on September 6th (this Thursday) at 5.30 PM. He will be talking then on the topic of Der Ursprung des Computers. Frühe Computerentwicklung in Deutschland, USA und Großbritannien or in other words about the origin of the computer and the early history of computer development in Germany, the USA and Great Britain.
I will most certainly try to go there – I might finally learn what those floating points are about.