Konrad Zuse was bored. A civil engineering student in Berlin, he hated his job’s tedious calculations. So, as an engineer in 1936, he began assembling metal plates, pins and discarded movie film into what became the Z1—the first of several mechanical computers.
Working on his own, Zuse developed machines with many features of later computers.
Konrad Zuse built this functioning replica of a binary gate used in his mechanical 1936 Z1 computer, which was inspired by the “Stabilbaukasten” construction toy. Zuse envisioned a mechanical system that linked and operated calculators automatically.View Artifact Detail