Leibniz: ‘The Chinese invented the first binary code’

In 1789 Gottfried Leibniz published a paper announcing his invention of the binary code. Twenty-four year later, after a Jesuit in Beijing sent him illustrations of the Chinese trigram and hexagrams, Leibniz published a second paper crediting the Chinese with inventing the first binary code. The explanation for Leibniz’s remarkable claim had to await the […]