This week it is exactly 75 years since German engineer Konrad Zuse invented what by many is recognized as the first working computer. It didn't survive the war. But Zuse's ideas did, giving us computing as we know it.
He was the grandson of composer Richard Wagner and like a stepson to Adolf Hitler. Wieland Wagner, credited with revitalizing the Bayreuth Festival after World War II, would have turned 100 this year.
We use ciphers to keep secrets secret. To crack ciphers, you need math, psychology and a slab of luck. It's not easy. Many great ciphers remain unsolved, as cryptologist Craig P. Bauer tells DW's Zulfikar Abbany.
On May 12, 1941, Konrad Zuse presented the Z3 - the first automatic, programmable computer. It didn't survive the war. But his ideas did, giving us computing as we know it.
75 years ago Konrad Zuse launched the computer age. He invented the first programmable electromechanical computer, the Z3. Over the decades computers have been getting smaller and smaller. They may soon turn invisible.
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