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technology and computing computer peripherals# How did binary code start?

Last Updated: 11th April, 2020

**binary**number system, the basis for

**binary code**,

**was**invented by Gottfried Leibniz in1689 and appears in his article Explication del'Arithmétique Binaire. He believed that

**binary**numbers were symbolic of the Christian idea of creatio ex nihilo orcreation out of nothing.

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Likewise, people ask, how were binary numbers invented?

One of the most famous, and avant-garde, mathematiciansof the 17th century, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, **invented** a**binary numeral system** and showed that it could be used in aprimitive calculating machine. But for **numbers** 20 through80, they used a **binary system**, with separate, one-word termsfor 20, 40 and 80.

Likewise, who invented the binary number system and what is its purpose? It represents numeric values using two symbols and . Themodern **binary number system** goes back to Gottfried Leibnizwho in the 17th century proposed and **developed** it in**his** article Explication de l'Arithmétique Binaire [1]. Leibniz **invented** the **system** around 1679 but hepublished it in 1703.

Correspondingly, when was the binary code invented?

The modern **binary** number system was**invented** by Leibniz (of calculus fame) in 1679, when hepublished his article, Explanation of the **Binary** Arithmetic,which uses only the characters 1 and 0, with some remarks on itsusefulness, and on the light it throws on the ancient Chinesefigures of Fu Xi.

How does the binary code work?

**Binary code works** by representing content(letters, symbols, colors) in a form that computers can understand.This is done by breaking the content down into a numeric system oftwo digits “0” and “1”. To accomplish this,computers use electrical impulses switching OFF and ON to representthese two digit numbers.