Feb 08

Gauss was here

"According to Wikipedia, UTF-8 [circa 1993] was built on ASCII by Rob Pike and Ken Thompson [circa 1963]. ASCII was developed from telegraph codes by a committee. The telegraph codes stemmed from a Western Union code [circa 1916], which evolved from a code by Donald Murray [1901], who modified a 5-bit code invented by Émile Baudot [1870], who based his work on a code designed by Carl Friedrich Gauss and Wilhelm Weber [1834!!!]. It’s awe-inspiring that the Prince of Mathematicians was involved. And if he were alive today, I bet he’d disparage UTF-16!"

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