Imagine trying to use words to describe every scene in a film, every note in a song, or every street in your town. Now imagine trying to do it using only the numbers 1 and 0. Every time you use the Internet to watch a movie, listen to music, or check directions, that’s exactly what your device is doing, using the language of binary code.

…it’s even made every frame of this TED-Ed video: How exactly does binary code work? Related books: Over 50 Secret Codes, Usborne’s Lift-the-Flap Computers and Coding, and Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille.

Related videos: The Binary Marble Adding Machine, The Universal Tea Machine, a huge mechanical ‘adding computer’, and what’s going on inside your computer?

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