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Conference, training course, workshop, event [fr]

Photo gallery

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NAM-IP, asbl

192 a, rue Henri Blès

5000 NAMUR




Sciences   Technique   History


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At the numerical roots, machines that count

These days, everything is transformed and transmitted numerically. All the informations are processed by computer software using the binary format: zeroes and ones, and by electronic machines: from computers to connected objects. These machines count because they indeed compute! But they also count because they are precious to explain the history of computing!

The Computer Museum NAM-IP opens its doors with a permanent exhibition titled: at the numerical roots: machines that count.
Amongst the items coming from the collections bequeathed to the King Baudouin foundation, you can see:
- The statistical machine of Herman Hollerith
- An impressive series of calculating machines covering one century of technology
- A full set of punched card machines from 1960, in working condition
- A Moon-Hopkins identical to the one used by the priest Lemaître to establish the big bang theory
- IBM punched card machines from the CGER/ASLK who handled the pensions of Belgian citizens for 50 years
- The very first prints of archaic hebrew on IBM-3800 laser printers
- An application of computing to textual corpuses from punched cards to smartphones


Hosting computer collections requires consequent space, the one selected by the promoter is an old sports hall: 1,200 m² and 10 m high! It is located next to the provincial campus, rue Henri Blès, 2 km away from the Namur train station, at 100 m from the RAVeL of the Sambre river, and provides easy parking. There is no comparable initiative within 375 km from Namur.

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The Computer Museum NAM-IP wants to be accessible to everyone: students and tourists, French, Dutch or English speaking people. The exhibition is documented by a timeline that puts in context, in the history of computing, all the items on display, as well as by a series of thematic information boards explaining the technologies involved.
Workshops, animations, guided tours for various scholarly levels, and guided tours with
demonstrations from the curators and planned.